When summer arrives, people look forward to go to beaches and resorts to have a chill with their family. But there are certain places in the world which will heat you up in the winter as well. Plan before you go to Middle Eastern regions of course. There are instances where the temperatures recorded were above 70 °C which hasn’t been taken into consideration. Here’s the list of top 10 hottest places which will blow out your mind and some might be shocking as well. Let’s take a look.
10. Death Valley, California, USA
Death Valley is the hottest place in North America because of low surface water and it is considered to be the driest place too. Officially, Death Valley holds the record for the highest temperature in the world. It is 279 feet (85m) below sea level, Badwater Basin on death valley’s floor has the second lowest depression in western hemisphere. Salt pans in Death Valley are one among the largest in the world which is rich in minerals such as Borax, various salts and hydrates. On July 10, 1913, United States recorded a temperature of 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley. This temperature stands as highest ambient air temperature ever recorded on surface of the earth.
9. El-Azizia, Libya
El-Azizia recorded a highest temperature of 56 °C (136 °F) on September 13, 1922 which was considered the highest temperature ever measured on earth but was rather controversial. There was a mistake in reading the temperature from the weather station reporter who was later replaced by an experienced professional. On September 2012, world meteorological department announced that the temperature was found to be invalid. So, temperature record now in El-Azizia stands at 56 °C (132.8 °F) making it one of the warmest places on earth.
8. Dallol, Ethiopia
Dallol currently holds the official record for record high average temperature for an inhabited location on Earth where an annual average temperature was found to be 35 °C (95 °F) between the years 1960 and 1966. The place has an extreme hot desert climate that of the Danakil desert. It is also the hottest place all over the year. The climate of Danakil is also extremely dry, which makes it hot automatically. Annual average rainy days when measured are also very less. As red sea impacts the hot temperature of Dallol, it remains in top 10. Dallol is also famous for the Dallol volcano whose last eruption was in 1926.
7. Wadi Halfa, Sudan
Wadi Halfa is a city in the Northern state of Sudan on the shores of ‘Lake Nubia’. It is a small city of about 15000 people. People suffered from various diseases because of heat which made them migrate to other cities. Wadi Halfa has long and hot summer and warm and short winters. The annual mean temperature is about 27 °C. In the summer, it even increases up to 40 °C. There’s no trace of rainfall at all which makes the city scarce of water also. No wonder the people evacuated from such hot city.
6. Aghajari, Iran
Aghajari is a city in and capital of Central District in Aghajari country, Khuzestan Province, Iran. Its population was about 13000. The climate of Aghajari can be compared to that of a desert climate with long hot summers and mild, short winters. It exceeded 50 °C at one point, making it one of the hottest places in the world. Aghajari is consistently one of the hottest places with temperature reaching up to minimum 45 °C, and once even exceeded 50 °C. Man this place is too hot to stay for a long time.
5. Avaz, Iran
Most of the Iranian cities are hot, Avaz is one such. Avaz is a city and the capital of Evaz district in Fars province, Iran. The population is about 16000 people within the 3300 families in 2006. It receives minimum rainfall as high as about 7.5cm on an average, as expected. The temperature reaches up to as hot as 46 °C, taking another Iranian city into one of the hottest places on earth. Summers are long and hot, making the winters cold and short. But night times are indeed cold, making a perfect stay for couples.
4. Tirat Zvi, Israel
Almost all the gulf countries are hot and one such example is Tirat Zvi of Israel. Tirat Zvi is a religious Kibbutz in She’an valley. It is also the highest date grower in the whole country of Israel and with even meat processing factories. On June 21, 1942, Tirat Zvi had 53 °C (129 °F) temperature which is a record high temperature of all time and in Asia till date. This city people are lot more creative in terms of escaping the heat. They immerse themselves in the small pools nearby and surround their house with canopies in order to be under the shade.
3. Dasht-e Loot, Iran
Iran is indeed a very hot place because of its close proximity to deserts. One such desert is Dasht-e Loot and is also known as the Loot desert. It’s a salt desert situated in the Baluchistan province, Iran and is also the world’s 25th largest desert. The hotness of the sand can be as hot as up to 70 °C (159 °F) which can easily burn anyone. Loot desert was announced as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO in 2016. The land temperature on loot desert reaches up to 70.7 °C (159 °F), which was considered as hottest land surface from year 2003 to 2010.
2. Timbuktu, Mali
Timbuktu is a city in the African nation of Mali. This city is situated in the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The hot surface of Sahara desert makes this city warmer and very difficult to live. The weather in Timbuktu is quite hot and dry all over the year. Average temperature even exceeds 40 °C (104 °F) at times throughout the year. This city is very warm in the months of April, May and June. Even in the winter seasons, the temperature does not drop below 30 °C (86 °F).
1. Flaming Mountains, China
Flaming Mountains in Tian Shan Mountain range of Xinjiang, China is named as Flaming Mountain exactly due to the hot nature of these mountains. A NASA satellite embedded with spectro radiometer, recorded one of the highest land temperatures ever that is of 152 °F. This reading was the hottest measurement on Earth for the year 2008. Average temperature reaches up to 50 °C (122 °F) which makes these mountains one of the hottest mountains ever. We had heard of colder mountains, this one seem to be flaming hot one.