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The 10 Hottest Places on Earth

7th August 2014

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So you think it’s been hot this summer? Have the humid nights left you struggling to sleep? Well this is nothing! Our friends at Alamy, the world’s largest supplier of stock images, are sharing 10 of the world’s hottest places to remind us all that the UK’s weather isn’t so extreme after all… 

Death Valley National Park, California, USA:

In the eastern California desert, Death Valley National Park is not only the hottest place on earth, but is also the lowest and driest place in North America. With its many ghost towns and salt plains, this remote desert’s heat is even reflected in the names of areas such as Furnace Creek, which is where the hottest temperature ever was recorded.

Hottest recorded temperature: 56.7°C on July 10, 1913















Illizi, Algeria:

Illizi, in the south east of Algeria is an arid desert and the gateway to the Tassil N’Ajjer National Park. Caves under the sand boast prehistoric drawings dating from 6000 BC and huge sand stone towers dot the horizon. Whilst the winters are considerably cooler, the summers here boast lofty temperatures that are some of the highest in the world.

Hottest recorded temperature: 51°C on August 18, 2011














Dallol, Ethiopia:

Nestled amongst salt flats, active volcanoes and suffering from regular earthquakes is the small town of Dallol, regularly referred to as ‘the Gateway to Hell’ by local residents. As one of the lowest points in Africa, Dallol sits in the Afar Region, which is one of the hottest territories on the planet, and is only accessible by camel.

Highest recorded temperature: 48.9°C















Kuwait City, Kuwait: 

Despite being situated on the coast, the capital city of Kuwait, Kuwait City, regularly sees sweltering temperatures of well over 40°C. This doesn’t deter over 2.3million people from living and trading in this bustling business hub.

Average temperature: 46.9°C















Mecca, Saudi Arabia: 

Celebrated as the birthplace of Muhammad and Islam’s holiest city, Mecca is world famous as the site of the largest annual gathering of Muslim people each year during pilgrimage. However, the extreme temperatures of the city (even in the milder winter months temperatures can reach 30°C) means that pilgrims are regularly at risk of sunburn, sunstroke, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.  

Average temperature: Peaks at 43°C














Bangkok, Thailand:

As Thailand’s capital city and the gateway for tourists looking to explore the country, this vibrant destination offers a wealth of activities, heady nightlife and bustling streets. The overwhelming heat of this South East Asian hub can leave visitors vulnerable to heat-related illness, particularly in the exciting, cramped market places.

Average temperature:  40°C















Marrakech, Morocco: 

Marrakech offers a unique taste of Moroccan life to visitors, with vibrant souks, exotic food and beautiful architecture. It’s these very buildings, with riads hiding leafy shade and luxurious fountains, that help locals and visitors alike keep cool from the extreme temperatures and dry heat of the day.

Average temperature: Highs reaching 38°C















Las Vegas, Nevada:

World famous for its casinos, hedonistic atmosphere and wild nightlife, it’s easy to forget that Las Vegas is actually situated in the middle of the Mojave Desert, making it incredibly dry and extremely hot during the summer months. It’s no wonder visitors flock to the air conditioned casinos for relief!

Highest recorded temperature: 46.7°C on July 24, 1985















Jizan City, Saudi Arabia:

The second Saudi Arabian city to feature in this round up, Jizan is a port city on the coast of the Red Sea. The sweltering temperatures here help with the growth of the area’s tropical fruits, but the humidity can prove challenging for un-acclimatised visitors, making the beaches a popular attraction during the warmer months.

Average temperature: 30-40°C















Timbuktu, Mali

Located in West Africa, temperatures in Timbuktu can reach upwards of 46.7°C, making this a tough destination for anyone sensitive to the heat. This World Heritage Site borders the Sahara desert and is home to several stunning mosques.

Average temperature: 30-40°C















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