How Hot Is Lightning Temperature? The Answer May Shock You!

lightning-temperature-photo-by-zoutedrop.jpgSo, how hot is lightning?

Believe it or not, lightning temperature readings are nearly off the charts.

At around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, lightning is actually hotter than the surface of the sun!

Lighting Fun Fact:  Around the world, lightning strikes about 1,000 times a second.

Still, even if lightning hit your car, you will be safe, as long as you are protected within a fully enclosed vehicle (not a convertible or golf cart).

Check out this video to see a single lightning strike hit 3 Chicago skyscrapers at the same time! You won’t believe it until you see it. The video is slowed down — so you can see this amazing phenomenon as it happens:



Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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