137 degrees? (in Off-topic)


Grim Reaper September 30 2005 2:50 PM EDT

Ok so I was driving today, on my way home I look at the thermometer on the car and it said temp outside is 137 degrees Fahrenheit.

I found a paper or something like that, it said in death valley the temperature can hit 140 degrees, and 150 would be max temp on earth but ideally would not reach 150.

So the question is, is the car wrong? It seems like 110degrees outside right now, at 130 degrees I think things should be melting.

So does anyone know how the temperature is read on cars?

Fire nearby is the cause of increased temperatures that is for sure, but car reading 137degrees is unbelievable.

[Tranquility]-USDForger [Azn Forgesmith] September 30 2005 2:51 PM EDT

put it in the shop :P

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] September 30 2005 2:57 PM EDT

the car is right, don't go outside, build a bunker fill it with ice and chill out till the heat is gone.

AdminShade September 30 2005 3:03 PM EDT

137 degrees Celsius i presume you say?

150 isnt the maximum temperature on earth but perhaps it could be the maximum natural temperature on earth.

however when things burn they usually generate huge amounts of energy from the combustion, easily over 500 degrees, so it would be higher around them yes.

but at those temperatures you would be boiling your own blood, so i don't think it is actually that hot there...


so 137 Fahrenheit is 53 Celsius, which is quite warm indeed, it could be possible that your car tells you this but at that temperature i think you would be feeling quite uncomfortable...

150 would be 65 Celsius, but i do think on some big deserts that the temperature could reach 70 or so, not sure though...

Tezmac September 30 2005 3:05 PM EDT

Get out there and fry yourself an egg on the sidewalk! :O)

QBOddBird September 30 2005 5:14 PM EDT

Don't know where you're at, but it was certainly close to 137 out here in Alabama earlier today. I made the mistake of trying to play tennis in that.....started to rain, fortunately, but I thought it was all going to evaporate before it hit the ground.

Really, it is incredibly hot outside. Don't go out there. You'll melt and be accused of being a wicked witch of the either West or East.

QBRanger September 30 2005 5:18 PM EDT

When I lived in Phoenix it got up to 121 a couple of days. I thought it was hot then. I cannot imagine 137.

Maelstrom September 30 2005 5:42 PM EDT

Honestly, I can't even imagine that kind of temperature. The worst I've experienced is about 45oC, including humidity.

Now cold, that's something I know. -30oC is quite bearable.

bartjan September 30 2005 6:40 PM EDT

57.8°C (or 136°F) is the hottest temperature recorded on earth, in El Azizia, North Africa, in 1922. This is the highest temperature recorded under proper meteorological conditions, so no direct sunlight, and with the thermometer at about 5 feet from the surface.

In direct sunlight, or on the surface it can get a lot hotter than this, but it's not a proper temperature measurement...

Stephen Young October 1 2005 6:43 AM EDT

When I was in Saudi Arabia it was about 100F in the middle of the night. about 115-120F in the shade during the day. 0% Humidity

Grim Reaper October 3 2005 3:35 AM EDT

"57.8°C (or 136°F) is the hottest temperature recorded on earth, in El Azizia, North Africa, in 1922. This is the highest temperature recorded under proper meteorological conditions, so no direct sunlight, and with the thermometer at about 5 feet from the surface."


Death valley in california is supposedly that hot or even hotter, it was said that it is the hottest place on earth for a dessert

Grim Reaper October 3 2005 3:39 AM EDT

ok 134 recorded in 1913 comes close.

sssimmo October 3 2005 3:57 AM EDT

My friend once bought a gadget for his car. All this gadget did was read the outside temperature of the car. Now, the fact that he paid for such a stupid gadget is one thing. The fact that he installed the sensor on top of his cars headlight left me wondering why I befriended such a moron in the first place. :P True story.

AdminShade October 3 2005 4:26 AM EDT

Death valley in California is supposedly that hot or even hotter, it was said that it is the hottest place on earth for a dessert



a dessert usually doesn't have much shadows...

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] October 3 2005 5:39 AM EDT


As far as hot desserts go, I'm most impressed with bananas foster or flambeed pears/cherries. For merely warm desserts, I prefer creme brulee but apple pie is a close second. (The latter being offset charmingly by ice cream.)

Or did you mean "deserts"?

QBJohnnywas October 3 2005 5:41 AM EDT

sum won fought that was the rite speling

Quark October 3 2005 12:11 PM EDT

Is this the new car? If it's a Benz, they should have a high quality sensor with good positioning, but it's still prone to error readings.

Grim Reaper October 5 2005 10:44 PM EDT

Well I found out that the car reads the road temperature. so the road was 137degrees. Not sure why no one's tires melted :)

Brick October 5 2005 10:50 PM EDT

what!!? the hottest i have ever felt was only 40 degrees celcius and that was hell hot enough for me but death valley?
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