I'm newish to MySQL and a lot of my query is pieced together from this site and trial and error, so any help is appreciated. If I left out anything, or more detail is needed, I will be happy to give what I can.

My query takes, on average, about 90 secs to run. It also doesn't return all the correct values. Even if speed can't be fixed, how do I correct it to return the proper values?

I'm trying to get the most recent set of temperatures for a given location and also an average for the last 24hrs. A location can have up to 20 thermometers.

SELECT t.Common_name, f.Food_name, e.Temperature, e.Temp_timestamp AS Time, Daily_avg.avg_temp
FROM Thermometer t
JOIN Temp_records e 
  ON e.Temp_therm_id = t.Therm_id
  ON f.Food_therm_id = t.Therm_id
  SELECT Temp_therm_id, AVG( Temperature ) AS avg_temp
  FROM Temp_records
  WHERE Temp_timestamp >= NOW( ) - INTERVAL 1 DAY
  GROUP BY Temp_therm_id
) AS Daily_avg
USING ( Temp_therm_id )
WHERE t.Therm_unit_id =2
AND Temp_records_id
IN (
  SELECT MAX( Temp_records_id )
  FROM Temp_records
  GROUP BY Temp_therm_id

Thermometer Table


Temp_records Table (~18k records at the moment)


Food Table


What I'm currently seeing:
Query Output

(The probe isn't in food, that's just the ambient temperature in C)
The db has slightly different temperatures for the given food items, and since I can only get the temperature of one food item at a time, they obviously can't have the same time stamp.

Should I remove the averaging part in to it's own query?

If I remove the food part of the query, it returns my 3 most recent temperatures and their averages. (I only have 3 thermometers for testing at the moment)

1 Answer 1


Start by changing IN ( SELECT max... ) to = ( SELECT max... ).

Change f.Food_name to

( SELECT Food_name FROM Food WHERE Food_therm_id = t.Therm_id ) AS Food_name

and get rid of the LEFT JOIN Food ... (I am unsure whether the LEFT JOIN before JOIN is causing trouble.)

If those suggestions do not speed it up enough, then...

Please provide EXPLAIN SELECT ... so we can see how the query is executed.

What table is Temp_records_id in? Perhaps e? (Please qualify all column names.)

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