Ever wondered where lies the hottest place on earth? There are many such spots where scorching heat is norm. Here is a list of the hottest spots from across the globe.
Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. This is the lowest and driest area in North America.
This scorching hot town is located in the Afar depression of Ethiopia. Dallol holds the record for the highest average temperature ever recorded. During the period from 1960-1966, it averaged 94 degrees Fahrenheit. This city was a mining settlement during the 1960s. Now it has become a ghost town.
Tirat Zvi, Israel
A religious spot in Israel located 722 feet above sea level, Tirat Zvi is seated in the Beit She’an valley. This place holds the record for the highest temperatures ever officially recorded in Asia.
This is a historic place which was the centre of scholarship and for spreading Islam in Africa. Timbuktu is blessed with ancient manuscripts. Desertification is a major concern in this area and temperatures in excess of 130 degree Fahrenheit were recorded here.
Kebili is the place from where people flee to escape the North African heat. The place is no stranger to high temperature. A temperature of 131 degree was recorded, one of the highest ever in Africa.
Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula
The Rub’al Khali is the largest continuous sand desert in the world which covers about a third of the Arabian Peninsula, an area that includes Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the UAE. A high temperature of 133 degrees has been recorded with typical annual rainfall lesser than 1.2 inches.
El Azizia, Libya
More than 90 years ago, El Azizia created history when a weather station in that place recorded a blistering 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever directly measured on earth. In 2012, the measurement was declared invalid by the World Meteorological Organization. But still it regularly climbs over 120 degrees in summer.
Flaming Mountains, China
The Flaming Mountains are scorching hot mountains located in the Tian Shan mountain range of Xinjiang, China. In 2008, MODIS, a device which measures temperature on earth from space, recorded one of the highest temperatures ever measured – 152.2 degrees F.
True to its name, Badland is dry all through the year. In 2003, NASA satellite MODIS recorded a land surface temperature of 156.7 degree Fahrenheit in this Queensland outback.
Dasht-e Lut, Iran
Iran’s Lut Desert could be termed the hottest place on Earth. From the 2004 to 2009, the hottest spot on earth could be found in the Lut. In 2005, 159.3 degrees Fahrenheit was measured, the highest ever reading ever officially confirmed for a location on earth.