A stop at some of the hottest places on planet Earth may not sound like a good idea, but it can be done from the comfort of your home. The sun is quite an interesting star, being the most important source of energy for all life on our little blue planet. Some cultures around the world may choose to view it as a deity, while others may just see it as a mortal enemy while they spend their days sweating in heat. But what makes the hottest places on Earth so hot is the consistency of the heat. Check out the five hottest places on Earth below.
Number Five: Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula. First up on the list is Rub’ al Khali, which is the biggest sand desert on planet Earth. If you’re not crazy enough to come and visit, you might be interested to know that some other crazy people beat you to the punch. The first person to ever decide to make his way through here did so in February of 2013, and he discovered that the temperatures get up to 133°F here, with the average annual rainfall being about 1.2″.
Number Four: Kebili, Tunisia. We can’t have a conversation about heat and not mention the continent of Africa, one of the hottest places out there. Some of the highest temperatures in Africa have been recorded in Tunisia, a country with an estimated population of just under 10.8 million. Temperatures in Kebili, Tunisia, have hit as high as 131°F and have dipped as low as 37°F, but it has palm trees, so there is a plus side.
Number Three: Timbuktu, Mali. Timbuktu probably has the greatest collections of ancient manuscripts that one could flip through; however you won’t be able to read with sweat getting into your eyes. If you ever stop by for a visit, you will find the average temperature in Timbuktu to be 84.4°F, and the hottest month is always May, with and average of 94.1°F. The coldest it gets is in January, with 71.6°F.
Number Two: Tirat Zvi, Israel. In the summer of 1942, the highest temperature ever recorded in Asia was recorded here in Tirat Zvi (129°F). Never heard of Tirat Zvi? It’s a religious kibbutz in Israel, resting in the Beit She’an Valley, just 722 feet below sea level. Residents can have a hard time avoiding the burning sun; they cope by submerging themselves in pools and having their houses surrounded by a canopy for shade.
Number One: Dallol, Ethiopia. What makes Dallol the hottest place on Earth is its average annual temperature of 94°F, and temperatures regularly soar over 100°F during sunny days. The hottest it can get is 145°F, which is no joke, and even in the fall and winter, there is no break from the scorching heat.