The 10 Hottest Places In The World

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Here in Colorado we’ve already had a few days over 80 degrees (and to think that May Day was a snowstorm!)

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer months are synonymous with hot weather, but how extreme the heat gets depends on lots of factors.

Some say that human-accelerated climate change is giving rise to hotter global temperatures. Soon, extreme heat and drought could be the norm, rather than the exception. According to Foreign Policy, there’s no maximum temperature known to be lethal to humans, rather it’s all about the humidity.

Humans can survive in some pretty harsh conditions so long as we can stay hydrated. Still, I don’t think I’d want to find myself stranded in any of the world’s 10 hottest (and driest) places, listed below.

10. Wadi Halfa, Sudan

wadi halfa sudan

Situated in the far north of Sudan, on the shores of Lake Nasser, Wadi Halfa is a point of entry for those coming in from Egypt. The town that exists now is actually the new Wadi Halfa.

According to WikiTravel:

The original Wadi Halfa was submerged when the Aswan High Dam created Lake Nasser in 1971. At the time, approximately 50,000 inhabitants of the area were forcibly removed from their lands and relocated to the desert, where many died of malaria and other diseases. A few Wadi Halfans, however, remain along the Nile, the river that built their ancestors’ identities as fishermen and river traders, building new settlements several times and finally settling on the current location when the flooding stopped.

Highest recorded temperature – 127 degrees F


9. Aghajari, Iran


Aghajari is a city in and the capital of Aghajari District, in Behbahan County, Khuzestan Province, Iran. In the 1980s it was actually a bustling hub, with almost 65,000 residents. Thanks to the Iran-Iraq War, however, most of the population fled, leaving behind only about 14,000 (Wikipedia).

Highest recorded temperature - 128 degrees F


8. Ahvaz, Iran

ahvaz iran

Ahvaz is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Iran’s Khūzestān Province. Although it has a population of roughly 1,425,891, it is considered a desert, with long, extremely hot summers that often bring sandstorms and dust storms. In 2011, the World Health Organization ranked Ahvaz as the world’s most air-polluted city. 

Highest recorded temperature - 128.3 degrees F


7. Tirat Zvi, Israel

tarat tsvi

Tirat Zvi is a religious kibbutz in the Beit She’an Valley, just west of the Jordan River and the Israel-Jordan border. The kibbutz has a population of less than 1,000 people. It operates a meat processing factory, Tiv, and is the largest date grower in Israel, with 18,000 trees.

Highest recorded temperature – 128.7 degrees F (hottest ever recorded in Asia)


6. Araouane, Mali

araouane mali

Araouane is a small village in the Malian Sahara, lying just over 150 miles north of Timbuktu on the caravan route to the salt-mining hub of Taoudenni. It contains three mosques although it is only home to about 300 inhabitants (Wikipedia).

Highest recorded temperature - 130.1 degrees F


5. Timbuktu, Mali

timbuktu mali

Timbuktu is the capital of the Timbuktu Region, one of the eight administrative regions of Mali, which sits just north of the River Niger on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Like much of Mali, it has endured violence and conflict almost since its settlement, changing hands many times over the centuries. It had a population of 54,453 in the 2009 census.

Highest recorded temperature - 130.1 degrees F


4. Kebili, Tunisia

Kebili Tunisia

Kebili is the capital of the Kebili Governorate, and one of the oldest Oases in Tunisia and North Africa. Kebili holds the earliest hard evidence of human habitation in Tunisia (found near the town) and dates back about 200,000 years (Wikipedia).

Highest recorded temperature - 131 degrees F


3. Ghadames, Libya


Ghadames is an oasis town in southwestern Libya. With a population of about 10,000 the original part of the town, which is surrounded by a city wall, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Highest recorded temperature - 131 degrees F


2. Al’Aziziya, Libya

Al Aziziya Libya

Sometimes spelled El Azizia, this city is the capital of the Jafara district in northwestern Libya, situated just southwest of Tripoli. For a while, Aziziya was considered to hold the record for hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth, but that measurement was eventually found to be invalid by the World Meteorological Organization. It is still hotly contested.

Highest recorded temperature – 136.4* degrees F


1. Death Valley, USA

death valley

When the WMO stripped Al’Aziziya of its former record in 2012, it established California’s Death Valley as the hottest place on the planet. Situated within the Mojave Desert, it is the lowest and driest area in North America. The wettest month on record is January 1995 when a scant 2.59 inches of rain fell on Death Valley.

Highest recorded temperature – 134 degrees F

Temperature stats via TipTopTens and publicly available global meteorological data.


Images via Bertramz,, Elph, PikiWiki, top10zilla, upyernoz, Madhif, Roberdan, David Stanley, Roger469


Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

Very informative story Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

Marble Bar in Western Australian has been recorded at 54*C Thank you for caring and sharing

Glennis W
Glennis Wabout a month ago

Very interesting article Thank you for caring and sharing

David C
DaveAway Cabout a month ago

wow, and today mid 90sF/34C is hot enough.....but all these pics look beautiful in their own way, thank you

Janet B
Janet Babout a month ago


Marija M
Marija Mabout a month ago

OMG. I have problems with 30 d/C

Maureen G
Maureen Gabout a month ago

Regardless of which is the hottest area.....these places would be too hot for me to live in. I suppose it is what you get used to and there's an old saying that with a small change to the words would read ....."Be it ever so hot (humble) there is no place like home".

Sue H
Sue Habout a month ago

Yikes! I'm uncomfortable at 80 degrees.

Peggy B
Peggy Babout a month ago


J. J.
J. J.4 years ago

Just when I though I had it bad...