When you think of a sunny destination one usually thinks about a beachfront location sipping on delicious cocktails. But what if we told you that there are a world of extreme temperatures to explore which aren’t so mainstream. Though most of these places are known for year-round scorching heat, there are some which are relatively pleasant during the cooler months.  With temperatures regularly soaring past 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest places in the world range from busy cities to stunning desert landscapes, and if you ever want to visit any of them, we got you covered. 

Check Out The Hottest Places In The World

Death Valley, California

Located in the Mojave Desert of California, Death Valley is one of the hottest and driest places in the world. Temperatures in Death Valley reached international extremes when they hit 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913  which is the hottest temperature recorder anywhere in the world. There is some dispute with regards to the sweltering heat. Some say a sandstorm caused superheated material to confuse the weather equipment others have commented it was just a hotter-than-normal kind of afternoon. Be what it may the small town within the larger Death Valley is no stranger to scorching weather, registering record temperatures almost annually.

the hottest place in the world
The hottest place in the world

Flaming Mountains, China 

Aptly name this lifeless-looking strip of red topography resides within the Taklamakan Desert and routinely breaks 122 degrees F. Located in the Tian Shan Mountain range of Xinjiang, China, they were named so because of the flame-like appearance of their multi-colored caused by erosion of the red sandstone. The Flaming Mountain hit temperatures of 152.2 degrees in the year 2008, which was recorded as the highest land surface temperature of that year. The average height of the Flaming Mountains is 500 m (1,600 ft), with some peaks reaching over 800 m (2,600 ft).

hottest places on earth
Hottest places on earth

Lut Desert, Iran

Widely referred to as the Dasht-e Lut, the Lut desert is a large salt desert located in the provinces of Kerman and Sistan, and Baluchestan, Iran. A UNESCO World Heritage spot the region often experiences Earth’s highest land surface temperatures: a temperature of 70.7°C has been recorded within the property. This arid subtropical area is swept by strong winds between June and October, which transport sediment and cause aeolian erosion on a colossal scale.  It is the world’s 34th-largest desert but more than half of the desert’s surface is covered by volcanic rocks. It receives little rainfall or wind, making the land more likely to absorb and retain heat.

highest recorded temperature in the world
Highest recorded temperature in the world

Sahara Desert

The largest hot desert on earth, the Sahara desert’s ground temperature often surpasses 170 degrees. A place of few clouds and harsh heat, the Sahara desert is where water evaporates the quickest.  A sunbaked mass of some 3.6 million square miles, covered in sand the area draws immense heat. Most of the desert has more than 3,600 hours of bright sunshine per year and a wide area in the eastern part has over 4,000 hours of bright sunshine per year. Due to lack of cloud cover and very low humidity, the desert usually has high diurnal temperature variations between days and nights. However, it is a myth that the nights are especially cold after extremely hot days in the Sahara.

highest temperature in the world
Highest temperature in the world

El Aziza, Libya

El Aziza town of about 25,000 in northwestern Libya was believed to have the hottest temperature recorded on earth for many years. But this was disapproved in the year 2012. Irrespective of this El Aziza is home to extreme heat. When you think of this quaint town things that come to your mind are scorching deserts, with their golden dunes, occasional oases, and cloudless skies. Because of the extreme heat this town faces, residents are more active at night as doing daily chores such as visiting the market and are much bearable at night. 

hottest place in the earth
The hottest place in the earth

Sonoran Desert

Sprawling across the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, A cactus-strewn expanse, the Sonoran desert is another one on the list of the hottest places in the world. Home to diverse flora and surprisingly even a rare jaguar population, temperatures here break 115 degrees during peak hours. The Sonoran desert has an arid climate In the lower-elevation portions of the desert, temperatures are warm year-round, and rainfall is infrequent and irregular, often less than 90 mm annually. The largest city in the Sonoran desert is Phoenix, Arizona, with a 2017 metropolitan population of about 4.7 million.

Hottest Desert in the world
Hottest Desert in the world

Kuwait City, Kuwait

With a population of more than 4 million,  Kuwait is one of the hottest cities in the Middle East and the world. One of the hottest metropolises’ average summer temperatures reaches a high of 115 degrees. The city is dominated by heat most of the year and residents can feel the heat the most due to sandstorms. However, strangely enough, it’s also quite cold during the short winter, with lows dipping into the 40s. 

which is the hottest place in the world
Which is the hottest place in the world

Dallol, Ethiopia

Known for its year-round head, Dallol is a remote tiny village with the average annual high temperature coming in at a blistering 106.1 degrees. Dallol currently holds the official record for record high average temperature for an inhabited location on Earth, and an average annual temperature of 35°C (95°F) was recorded between 1960 and 1966. Also one of the most remote places on Earth The Central Statistical Agency has not published an estimate for the 2005 population of the village, which has been described as a ghost town. Also knowns as the Danakil Depression the region features some saline lakes and hot springs but receives little rain. Residents of the remote area live nomadic lifestyles and often use camels to carry items to withstand the heat. 

world hottest city
World hottest city

Also Read: Tips To Beat The Summer Heat While Traveling

Not For The Average Traveller

The destinations on this list may not be the best places for a relaxing vacation, it’s more of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Few of them are challenging places to even have a sustainable lifestyle and these spots may be perfect for an adventurous traveler.  But there are a few places where you can even have an amazing vacation, it all depends on what kind of vacation you are looking for. 


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