Summer is almost upon us, which means it’s time to pack up our sweaters and embrace the sunshine. And while we’re all for beach vacations and sweating it out in the tropics, there are some places where temperatures soar past the point of human comfort (unless tanning in 120-degree weather sounds like your cup of tea). These are the 7 hottest places on planet earth.
1. Death Valley, California, USA
This currently holds the record for hottest air temperature ever recorded. The desert valley reached highs of 56.7 degrees in the summer of 1913, which would apparently push the limits of human survival. Average temperatures today reach 47 degrees during summer, and it’s the driest place in the States.
2. Al-Aziziyah, Libya
Drive 40 km South of Tripoli and you will arrive in Al-Aziziyah. The hottest temperature ever was measured on 13 September 1922 and measured a massive 57.8 degrees. The town is approximately one hour drive from the Mediterranean Sea. However, it was stripped of its title in 2012 when meteorologists declared this invalid due to a number of factors, including the fact that the person who recorded it was inexperienced.
3. Dallol, Ethiopia
This hydrothermal field with salt formations, acidic hot springs, and gas geysers had an average daily maximum temperature of 41 degrees recorded from 1960 to 1966. These soaring numbers mean it has the highest average temperature of any inhabited place on earth.
4. Wadi Halfa, Sudan
During the year, there is virtually no rainfall in Wadi Halfa, a sweltering city located on the shores of Lake Nubia in Sudan. June is the hottest month, with average temperature highs of 41 degrees – the hottest temperature ever recorded there was 53 degrees in April 1967.
5. Dasht-e Lut (Lut Desert), Iran
This uninhabitable desert plateau is often called the hottest surface on the planet, with what NASA calls “land skin temperatures” (the pure heating of ground by radiation from the sun) having reached an unfathomable 159° in 2005. Not even bacteria can survive the crushing heat here.
6. Tirat Zvi, Israel
The small kibbutz of Tirat Zvi boasts the hottest temperature on record in Asia – in June 1942 it hit 54 degrees. The record has since been questioned by Christopher C Burt (one of the investigators into the now-disqualified Aziziyah world record), who claims that the thermograph reading was incorrectly read and should have been 53 degrees. But even on an off year, it hits average highs of 37.
7. Timbuktu, Mali
Resting on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, this ancient city makes the list for its unrelenting year-round heat, with winter months known to stubbornly stay in the 90s and average summer temperatures topping out at 108° F. Its highest recorded temperature exceeded a scorching 130°.
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