If you have been wondering why people are searching for the coldest place on earth, there are also many of them who are searching for its opposite which is the hottest place on earth. But we are not particularly sure if they really want to visit places that are hot or just being curious as to how they earned their moniker. You wouldn’t want to get caught in these places; or do you?
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Below are locations recorded as the hottest place on earth as listed in different years:
Kuwait City, Kuwait
A wide majority of Kuwaiti residents live in Kuwait City which is the main political, business and culture hub of this region. Most of them choose to reside on the coast as the city has zero average rain days from May to September. Sandstorms are common events during its hot summers that can reach up to 128.8.F.
Tirat Zvi, Israel
Tirat Zvi, Israel is a religious kibbutz that perks on the Beit She’an Valley which is located 722 feet below sea level. It can get parched by the sun during the Israelis summers even though it rests near the Jordan River. Having been recorded with 129.F in 1942, it became a candidate for the hottest place on earth; the highest temperature in Asia at the time.
With a population of more than 1.1 million, Ahvaz was ranked as the most air polluted city in the world with summers that bring in sand and dust storms. Living conditions may be aggravated by excessive heat temperature that reaches 129.2.F within the months of May to September.
Timbuktu is located at the crossroads of the ancient Sahara trade routes and once a thrived as a center for scholars. It played a major role in the spread of the Islamic faith that spread farther towards African lands. This place has since been cut narrow due to the encroachment of the Sahara Desert. The scorching heat can go up to more than 130.F, making it one of the hottest place on earth.
Kebili is considered as a Central Tunisian oasis but to put things straight, heat can also be relentless and can reach up to a maximum of 131.F; among the highest ever recorded in the continent. Along with the heat, there are palm trees where people can take refuge but it still can compete as the hottest place on earth.
Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula
With temperatures reaching 133.F and a generally recorded rainfall of less than 1.2 inches, Rub’ al Khali made it as the hottest place on earth. It is considered as the world’s largest continuous sand desert and spans across 1/3 of the Arabian Peninsula.
Death Valley, United States
Death Valley can be found in California’s Mojave Desert of California and has since been known as North America’s lowest, hottest, and driest region. It holds a record of 134.F in 2012, which surpassed the previously crowned El Azizia in Libya as the hottest place on earth. But to the surprise of many, it has animal life and some wildflowers that spring from some parched areas.
El Azizia, Libya
Sept. 13, 1922 marks the day when El Azizia in Libya made it as the hottest place on earth and held on to the record for approximately 90 years until it was debunked by the World Meteorological Organization due to invalid measurements. It recorded a high of 136.4.F.
Flaming Mountains, China
The Flaming Mountains of the Tian Shan Mountain range in Xinjiang, China made it as a hottest place on earth due to the temperature brought about by the gullies as a result of having been eroded right into the red sandstone bedrock of the massive range. It recorded a temperature high of 152.2.F in 2008.
Australia earned recognition as the earth’s driest inhabited continent because of its vast Outback. The heat is agonizing with temperatures rising up to 156.7˚F as recorded in 2003. This came as a result of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon the year before that. The Badlands became the second hottest place on earth since that day.
Dasht-e Lut, Iran
The Dasht-e Lut or the Lut Desert in Iran earned the top spot of being the hottest place on earth from 2004 – 2009. The area is a desolate one and parched to the bone. Heat was measured to reach 159.3˚F in 2005 which brings it to the top of every recorded list in the world.