Summer is always welcome after the cold weather season. But the summer season, which brings joy to many people, also brings mass discomfort to a lot of people.Most people have good memories of the summer season whereas others have had some pretty daunting summers to say the least. Some of the hottest places on earth have pushed humans to their limits no matter how prepared they might be.
People who live in the hottest places on Earth truly know how challenging it can be to survive on a daily basis. It becomes a life or death struggle almost immediately if a person is not adequately prepared for scorching hot temperatures. Here is the list of the top 10 hottest places on Earth – can you survive the heat?
10. Araouane, Mali
Araouane is a small Saharan village, which is found along the way while traveling to Timbuktu. This place is so hot that it is home to just 300 families. The surrounding desert is completely barren and extremely dry. Extremely hot desert winds which are known as the Harmattan kicks up particles of sands into the air and hampers visibility to a great degree.
Araouane doesn’t receive enough rainfall in order to grow crops. The village is largely dependent on the caravan trade because of this. Blocks of salts are moved from the mines to the north as their main source of commerce. The maximum recorded temperature in this remote area is 130 F (54.4 C) in the summer of 1945.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is considered as one of the top tourist destinations in the whole world. This town has been given many nicknames like “Sin City” and “The Marriage Capital of the World” and is the most bustling town in all of the Nevada. Las Vegas is home to around 600,000 people. The most well known area is 4 miles wide Las Vegas strip which offers shopping, gambling, nightlife and dining to over 40 million tourists each year.
If you are traveling through McCarran International Airport, you might a bit surprised if your trip is between June and September. The climate is subtropical and is extremely hot in these months, all thanks to the nearby Mojave Desert. July is the hottest month and the temperature rises up to over 104 degrees The hottest ever recorded temperature in Las Vegas is 118. However, rain cools things down a bit and the average temperature usually falls around 80 degrees. Now that’s some relief for the visitors.
8. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok certainly is one of the hottest places on Earth. The World Meteorological Organization named it as the hottest city of the World. Bangkok has an average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, with the exception of late December until early January.
Although the temperatures in other regions of the world are much higher than this, Bangkok makes it on this list for one simple reason, The hot weather remains for the longest period of time here. Even during the night, the temperature barely drops. So, Bangkok can be quite uncomfortable throughout the year.
7. Kebili, Tunisia
The next hottest country on earth after Bangkok is the town of Kebili in Tunisia. It is considered as an oasis in the Sahara desert region and thousands of visitors and residents take shelter from the North African heat in the beautiful palm trees and resorts in this area. The coldest temperature that occurs in the area is around 76 degrees.
July and August in the Kebili region are the hottest months with the temperatures usually hitting 106 and 107 degrees with the lows at 90 degrees and the highest at 120 degrees. On July 1888, the hottest temperature recorded in the area was 133 degrees which has been met with a lot of controversy since the advent of modern technology. However, some residents believe the claim to be true because the recently recorded highest temperature was 128 degrees.
6. El Azizia, Libya
El Azizia made history in terms of the hottest places on Earth when a weather station present there recorded the highest temperature ever, which was of 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The record stood for almost 90 years until the Meteorological Foundation stated that the 1922 numbers were invalid.
Although the high temperature claims have been disregarded, there is no doubt that El Azizia is still one of the hottest places inthe world as the temperature regularly climbs to over 120 degrees during the summer season. A recording at the Libyan Town of Ghadames was very close to the 1922 temperature.
5. Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula
Rub’ al Khali is the largest sand desert in the world and covers about one-third of the Arabian Peninsula, which includes Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It is not trivial to say that it gets insanely hot here. Temperatures as high as 133 degrees have been recorded in this area and the annual rainfall is just about 1.2 inches.
The desert has been quite difficult for people over the ages and it was once considered impossible to cross without support. However, in February 2013, a South African team successfully crossed it.
4. Timbuktu, Mali
Timbuktu, Mali is best known as the city located in the middle of nowhere and is one of the hottest places on earth. Timbuktu resides on the Southern edge of the Sahara River, which is about 10 miles north of the Niger River. There are many sand dunes in the town and the streets are mostly full of sand. Having the highest recorded temperature of 130 degrees, Timbuktu is definitely not your average tourist destination.
The average temperature in the month of May is around 108 degrees. Even in the month of December and January, the temperature doesn’t fall below 90 degrees. The main weapon of the town’s citizens use against the hot weather is special clothing designed to fend off the heat.
3. Tirat Zvi, Israel
Tirat Zvi is a religious settlement in Israel which is present in the Beit She’an Valley about 722 feet below sea level. Although the nearby Jordan River keeps the area fertile, the temperature rises consistently in the valley during the summer season. In June 1942, its temperature rose the highest level ever measured in Asia, which is about 129 degrees.
In order to get rid of heat, residents often cool themselves in spring pools. Houses are also surrounded by canopies to provide shade.
2. Kuwait City, Kuwait
A bustling metropolis city and an important part of Kuwait’s culture, economy and politics, Kuwait City comes in at number two in our list of the hottest places on Earth. Most of the residents live near the coastal regions and benefit from the oil reserves that boost the petroleum-based economy. However, the downside is the high temperatures in the region from the months of May through September.
The climate remains hot throughout the year, however, during the months of July and August, the temperature reaches up to 116 degrees. Sand storms are also known to frequent the area. Throughout the year, the average temperature of the city remains at 93.7 degrees with cooler weather during the winter season. In 2012, Kuwait broke the heat record once again when the highest recorded temperature was 128.8 degrees on July 31st.
1. Death Valley, United States
Death Valley is the hottest place in the world; it is the lowest and driest place in United States and these conditions certainly add up to its extreme weather. On July 10, 1913, the thermometers at the Furnace Creek Weather Station recorded its temperature to be 134 degrees which is the highest ever recorded temperature.
During heat waves, the temperature rises up to 129 degrees or more. Furnace Creek was previously the center of the Valley’s mining operations. Nowadays, most of the lodges in Death Valley shut down when the temperature rises above 125 degrees.
Hot weather can sometimes be fun, but when the weather is too hot, it’s best to remain indoors. The main reason to stay inside is that heat can cause a number of health issues like dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps and heat stroke. If you suffer from any of these problems, you should see a doctor at once.
Now you know the top 10 hottest places on Earth. All these places have varying degrees of heat, but one thing is for sure, they complicate the life of the common man. So whatever you do, just make sure that you are always prepared for these extreme places on your next vacation.
Need to beat the heat? Well check out our Top 9 Coldest Places on Earth .