The dog days of summer can make people grumble as the temperature just continues climbing. For most of us, though, even our warmest days can’t
It’s hard to determine exactly where the hottest places are, considering there are places too hot and too remote to set up a weather station. Here are the top 10 hottest places on Earth where measurements have been recorded. We also posted the 10 coldest places on Earth earlier if you wanna check it out.
10. Dallol, Ethiopia
Dallol, located in Ethiopia’s Afar Depression, averaged 94 F between 1960 and 1966, making it the record older for having the highest average annual temperature ever recorded. Heat’s pretty nonstop in the city, which is uninhabited today but was the site of a mining settlement in the 1960s. As if the sun’s heat isn’t enough, a volcano is located nearby in the Afar Depression.
9. Tirat Zvi Israel
The religious kibbutz of Tirat Zvi, an agricultural community located in the Beit She’an Valley, is Israel’s largest date producer. It’s also one of the hottest places on Earth and the site of the highest temperature ever officially measured in Asia, which was 129 F in June 1942. Not many people can take the heat. About 600 people live in Tirat Zvi.
8. Timbuktu, Mali
Timbuktu, located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert in western Africa, frequently greets residents with streets buried in windswept sand. The temperature’s been as high as more than 130 F. Winter relief in December and January may only be in the 90s while the city may see average highs of 108 F in May. Its location between the desert and the Niger River made it a popular trading center while it was also a center of Islamic culture.
7. Kebili, Tunisia
Kebili, a desert oasis in southwestern Tunisia, remains a popular tourist spot as well as a producer of a high-quality date that’s exported around the world. It’s a town of historical significance as people have lived in Kebili as long as 2,000 years ago, making it the earliest hard evidence of human habitation in Africa. It’s also one of the hottest places on Earth. Kabili’s measured more than 131 degrees, making it one of Africa’s hottest places.
6. Rub al Khali, Arabian Peninsula
The Rub al Khali, also known as the Empty Quarter, is a sand desert that spreads over about a third of the Arabian Peninsula. It’s the world’s largest sand sea with more than 225,000 square miles that includes much of Saudi Arabia as well as parts of Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. Highs have been recorded as high as 133 F while average rainfall is less than 1.2 inches. The first time anyone’s crossed the desert by foot was 2013. A Bedouin society calls it home, but most people consider it uninhabitable.
5. El Azizia, Libya
El Azizia had held the title of world’s hottest temperature with a record high of 136.4 F, but it got overturned 90 years later by the World Meteorological Organization investigated the claim and found several issues with it. Temperatures do reach more than 120 F, making it mighty hot and one of the hottest places on Earth, but not the hottest.
4. Death Valley, California
Death Valley, a desert valley in eastern California, is the driest, lowest and hottest area in North America and one of the hottest places on Earth. The temperature in Death Valley National Park reached 134 F in July 1913. That earned it as the hottest place on Earth after the World Meteorological Organization stripped El Azizia of the title.
Fewer than two inches of rain fall annually and it sits 282 below sea level, North America’s lost elevation. It’s a place of extremes but also a popular tourist site for almost a million people a year.
3. Flaming Mountains, China
Gullies eroded into the red sandstone bedrock make Flaming Mountains a fitting name for the mountains located in the Tian Shan Mountain range of Xinjiang. So do the temperatures. A NASA satellite featuring a device able to measure land surface temperatures from space recorded a temperature of 152.2 degrees in 2008. That’s one of the highest temperatures ever measured. There’s no need for a fire to roast an egg at that temperature.
2. Australia’s Badlands
A NASA satellite recorded a surface temperature of 156 F in 2003 when the Badlands of Australia’s Queensland Outback suffered a severe drought. Much of the area is desert, contributing to Australia being the driest inhabited continent on Earth. There’s no weather station – and barely any people – so no other official records are available.
1. Lut Desert, Iran
Iran’s Dasht-e Lut Desert is just too hot for both people and a weather monitor, but it’s considered one of the hottest places on Earth. A NASA satellite measured a temperature of 159.3 F in 2005. That’s the highest reading officially confirmed for a location on Earth.
The satellite also measured that, from 2004 to 2009, the hottest spot on Earth was in the Lut Desert as temperatures ranged between 154.4 F and 156.2 F. Its hotness wins it the nickname “Gandom Beryan,” meaning “roasted grain.”