39. Lightning Hot

28 Feb

FACT: Lightning, that very bright and dangerous thing that comes from the clouds, is more than just bright and loud, it is hotter than just about anything on this earth.

In fact lightning has been known  to reach temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius. A temperature so great that it could melt just about any metal and even diamonds. It also just happens to be about 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. So if you plan to touch lightning I would at least recommend oven mitts.


Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Trivia


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4 responses to “39. Lightning Hot

  1. Sarah

    December 1, 2011 at 18:42

    I love your site. However your use of the word “temperate” is inaccurate in this article. Temperate is defined as – “Characterized by moderate temperatures, weather, or climate; neither hot nor cold”. So lightning is definitely not temperate.. in fact, as you explained, it has extreme temperatures. Just to clarify.

    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      December 2, 2011 at 22:28

      Thank you for the spot Sarah, I have corrected the article now.

  2. Curiosity

    February 28, 2011 at 08:01

    Which is why when there is a lightning storm, it is very humid, hot?

    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      February 28, 2011 at 08:20

      actually the humidity has little to do with it from my knowledge, lightning is caused by the difference in charge between the clouds and the ground or in some cases clouds to other clouds. In cloud to ground lightning the main cause is particles of ice hitting each other and generating a negative charge which is hugely different from the charge on the ground, then lightning happens to equalise the charges.


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