The world is truly a wondrous place with vast and varied terrain, and temperature extremes ranging from frigid ice caps to blistering deserts, and everything in between. In this list, we take a look at top 10 hottest places in the world.
Wadi Halfa, Sudan
Located on the northernmost section of Sudan, Wadi Halfa is situated on Lake Nasser’s shores. The town as we know it today is actually the newer incarnation of Wadi Halfa, which has traditionally served as the gateway into Egypt. The highest recorded temperature in the region has been measured at 127° F.
The Iranian city of Aghajari is located in Behbahan County in Khuzestan and it serves as the capital city of Aghajari District. The ninth hottest place on Earth, Aghajari has had a record high temperature of 128° F.
The eight hottest region on Earth is Ahvaz, which is located right in the center of Khūzestān Province bordering on the banks of the Karun River. Despite its sizeable population (estimated at more than 1,425,891 people) the area is pretty much a desert with a record high temperature of 128.3° F.
Tirat Zvi, Israel
Tirat Zvi is a kibbutz located in the Beit She’an Valley of Israel. It is situated west of the Jordan River and is very close to the border that Israel shares with Jordan. The primary growing region for dates in the country, Tirat Zvi has a record temperature high is 128.7° F, which is the highest officially recorded temperature in Asia.
Located to the north of Timbuktu, Araouane is a village situated in the Malian region of the Sahara. With a tiny population numbering just over 300 people, the town nevertheless has three mosques within its borders. The highest temperature ever recorded in the region is 130.1° F.
Timbuktu itself is one of the hottest places in the world, with a record high temperature of 130.1° F. Located to the north of the Niger River on the southern portion of the Sahara Desert, the town is one of eight administrative regions in the country, and serves as the capital city of Timbuktu Region.
An oasis located in Tunisia and South Africa, Kebili has been designated the capital of Kebili Governorate. The town is notable for the discovery of the earliest known settlements in Tunisia, and it has a recorded high temperature of 131° F.
Located in the southwest section of Libay, Ghadames has a population numbering just over 10,000. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ghadames has had a record high temperature of 131° F.
Al’Aziziya–also known as El Azizia–is located to the southwest of Tripoli. Designated the capital of Jafara, the town was previously claimed to be the hottest place in Earth, although this has been disputed since the temperature recorded–136.4° F–was measured by a person who did not have sufficient training.
Death Valley, USA
Although Al’Aziziya is considered the hottest place on Earth, reported inaccuracies in temperature measurement has resulted in Death Valley being given the top spot. The highest verified temperature in the area is 134.06° F.