We are interested in knowing about the hottest places in the world only now as it is the severe winter season in most parts of the world. We all feel like to be out in a warm, sunny place to escape the chillness. During the summer season, we can’t tolerate seeing a hot place even in films. Therefore, I take this opportunity to write about 10 hottest places on earth that are mostly barren. A green plant is rarely seen in those places. When you read about the maximum temperatures or mean high temperatures in such places, you will feel like taking shelter in an ice hotel.
Hottest Places: Aziziyah, Libya
In September 1922, this small town in Libya recorded the world’s highest temperature of 136.4°F. Another record of this Libya town that cannot be boasted of is, for nearly 90 years, it stayed on top of the list of hottest places on earth. Surprisingly, its lowest recorded temperature was minus 2 deg C.
There is nothing to see in Aziziyah, not a single attraction for a tourist. The Tripadvisor.com shows a blank page only regarding this unique feat.
Hottest Places: Dallol, Ethiopia
A few decades ago, Ethiopia’s inhabitable high temperature was frequent news in the print media but since other places in the world have surpassed the record, the place called Dallol in Ethiopia has faded from the news scene. It is often called as the land of gas geysers. Its daily maximum temperature of 41 deg C is also its average maximum temperature.
The most active volcano in the nearby Erta Ale may be one of the reasons for the high mean temperature. Oh, the Danakil desert is also part of this region in Ethiopia. Again there is nothing on the Trip Advisor and the Make My Trip asks, “can you survive a day in Dallol Ethiopia”?
Hottest Places: Queensland, Australia
How about a 156.7 ° F in one of the states in Australia? Queensland is credited with recording that high temperature. In spite of recording a very high average maximum temperature, Queensland is Australia’s second most populous state! Since Queensland’s coastline is 7000 km long, it has several beach attractions and marine life in its 100 odd small islands and islets. The 2000km Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is said to be visible even from the space. Do you know that the state is 7 times bigger than Britain? The hottest spot in Queensland is Thargomindah. Due to railway track expansion in the excessive heat, trains used to reduce their speed.
Hottest Places: Death Valley, California
With a meager population of just 24 people (2010 census), Furnace Creek in Death Valley has recorded a very high temperature of 134 Deg F in the year 1913. Interestingly, Furnace Creek lies 190 feet below sea level. What a wonder of nature! The Death Valley is located in the Mojave Desert, Eastern California and lies 280 feet below the sea level. The Death Valley land terrain has a vast area of eroded rock salt that has jagged edges and is named as ‘Devil’s Golf Course’ because only devils can play golf there.
Hottest Places: Bandar-e-Mahshahr, Iran
This is quite a populous area in Iran that recorded a very high temperature of 165 deg F. Not much of a tourist place in spite of densely inhabited town.
Hottest Places: Kebili, Tunisia, North Africa
Kebili is a desert town that experiences high temperatures hovering over 55 deg C. There is nothing to see around except a few date farms.
Hottest Places: Dasht-e-loot, Iran
It’s actually known as the Lut Desert, one of the world’s largest deserts. It showed 159.3 Deg F as its highest ever temperature. In an area of over 5400 sq km, there is no sign of life, be it a plant life or animal. Oh, dear, what a waste!
Hottest Places: Wadi Halfa, Sudan
This is a sizzling town in Sudan that rarely gets drenched in natural water from the sky (about a millimeter rainfall annually). It frequently records 50+ deg C temperature. It is not a tourist destination though there are some hotels that do not remain open for nearly 10 months in a year.
Hottest Places: Flaming Mountains, China
The name says it all-eh? The thermometer likes to hover around 122 Deg F after reaching a high of 175 Deg F.
Oops! Look at it, there is not a fly that can live there! It’s erosion all over. Unfortunately, it lies in the ancient silk route and the yesteryear silk merchants were forced to take a circuitous route to avoid the flaming mountains.
Hottest Places: Ghadames, Libya
Yes, Libya is a very hot country overall and some places in the country are uninhabitable because of extreme heat. About 7000 citizens of Iraq live here enduring the heat by staying indoors of houses made of mud and painted white outside. Its architecture is praised for its ability to remain cool inside. This small town is located amidst an oasis that is surrounded by the famous Sahara desert.
I believe even Kuwait city records a high temperature of 55. In Rajasthan, India, the mercury used to touch 51 deg C in the Thar desert region that comprises an area of over 200,000 sq km. OMG! Such a vast desert in the North West part of India!