As most of the northern hemisphere is currently huddled under blankets and battling frigid temperatures, it might be a bit difficult to accept that some places on earth might be a bit warmer these days, actually, you could easilycook your breakfast on the hood of your car, in some of these locations. I’m sure everyone wants to know the ideal locations to runn off to, when feeling a bit cold, so here are the top 10 hottest inhabited places in the world.
10. Athens, Greece
The capital and largest city in Greece, Athens, is also one of the hottest cities in the world. One of the world’s oldest cities still in existence and the birthplace of democracy, Athens’ record hot temperature was a sweltering 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit), recorded in 1977. In the 1970s, Athens had a serious smog problem, but environmental measures have since reduced the problem.
9. Catenanuova, Sicily
The Mediterranean climate of the island of Sicily allows locals to enjoy mild winters and long, hot, dry summers. It’s those hot summers that make it such an extreme place to live, as Sicily can regularly reach 40 Celsius or 111 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. In Catenanuova in 1999, the mercury hit 48.5 degrees Celsius, or 119 degrees Fahrenheit.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is home to a long, hot dry summer and a winter that is warmer than anything you could dream of. In the summer, it regularly goes above 43 degrees Celsius, or 109 Fahrenheit; Jeddah also holds a record heat temperature of 49 Celsius, or 120.2 Fahrenheit, recorded in 1961.
7. Cordoba, Argentina
The subtropical city of Cordoba, Argentina, has a reasonably mild climate most of the time. Occasionally, it does experience intense heat waves. The city, located at the foothills of the Sierra Chicas mountains, is normally moderated by cool winds that blow in from Antarctica. Its thunderstorms sometimes bring intense heat waves when days commonly hit over 100 Fahrenheit (38 celsius), with heat building up to record temperatures around 50 degrees celsius, or 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Oodnadatta, South Australia
The small town of Oodnadatta, located in South Australia, Australia, is home to cattle ranches and an extensive desert. It has been known to record temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius (123 degrees Fahrenheit). It rarely receives rainfall, making it also one of the driest places in Australia. Time for a bathing suit.
5. Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan, located in the northern part of India, is home to the Thar Desert. It is also home to ruins from ancient civilizations. Anwar, in Rajasthan, holds the record for the hottest temperature ever in India, at 50.6 Celsius or 123 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded in 1956.
4. Sonoran Desert, United States and Mexico
The Sonoran Desert, which covers the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico, is home to extreme heat every summer. One of the region’s hottest days on record was in 1966, when the thermometers in the Sonoran Desert in Mexico hit 125.6 Fahrenheit, or 52 celsius.
3. Sulaibiya, Kuwait
Located on the Persian Gulf, Sulaibiya, Kuwait has the honor of holding the record for the third hottest temperature ever recorded in the world, at 53.6 Celsius or 128.5 Fahrenheit. Kuwait as a whole is a hot country, situated in the middle of a desert with a dry, hot summer and a short and warm winter with only occasional rain.
2. Kebili, Tunisia
The record holder for the second hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth is Kebili, Tunisia, at 131 degrees Fahrenheit or 55 degrees Celsius. Located in Southern Tunisia, Kebili is an Oasis and a historic town, where humans have lived there for around 200,000 years.
1. Death Valley, California
Death Valley holds the record for the place on earth where the highest temperature was recorded: an astounding 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 Celsius). This sweltering temperature was recorded at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, in 1913. The desert valley is located in the Mojave Desert in California, which is, obviously, the driest and hottest place in North America.