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What are the hottest cities on Earth?

Which cities are the hottest in the world?
Which cities are the hottest in the world?

Staff writers

September 13, 2012 — Is it hot enough for you? The Weather Network takes a look at some of the hottest cities on the planet.

Most of the hottest cities are in a desert climate
Most of the hottest cities are in a desert climate

Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that conditions get hot here in the Canadian summer months. 

Still, while we swelter under heat and humidity, it's easy to forget that our daytime highs hardly compare to some of those around the world. 

"Our research showed that the hottest cities in the world can mainly be found in the Middle East, sections of Africa and the desert areas of the United States," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Most are dry climates, and many are close to the equator. They get many hours of sunlight during the year." 

Top 10 hottest temperature averages on Earth:  
  • 1. Death Valley National Park, California, USA:  56.7°C on July 10, 1913 **
  • 2. Illizi, Algeria: 51 șC on August 18, 2011
  • 3. Dallol, Ethiopia: Highest temperature recorded 48.9șC
  • 4. Kuwait City, Kuwait: Average 46.9șC
  • 5. Ahwaz, Iran: Average 46.8șC
  • 6. Mecca, Saudi Arabia: Peaked at 43șC most Junes
  • 7. Bangkok, Thailand: Average 40șC
  • 8. Marrakech, Morocco: Highs reaching 38șC
  • 9. Las Vegas, Nevada: Average peak around 35șC, 46.7șC on July 24, 1985
  • 10. Jizan City, Saudi Arabia: Average 30-40șC


What about extreme temperatures? Some cities experience rare daytime high peaks. Here's a look at some of the hottest highs recorded:

  •  Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California: 56.7șC **
  •  Ghudamis, Libya: 55.0șC
  •  Kebili, Tunisia: 55.0șC
  • Timbouctou, Mali: 54.5șC
  • Araouane, Mali: 54.4șC
  • Tirat Zvi, Israel: 53.9șC
  • Ahwaz, Iran: 53.5șC
  • Agha Jari, Iran: 53.3șC
  • Wadi Halfa, Egypt: 52.8șC


** El Azizia, Libya was the 90-year record holder for all-time high surface temperature when the heat rose to an alleged 58șC on September 13, 1922. On September 13, 2012, the World Meteorological Organization published a study stating that the actual temperature that day was likely closer to 51șC, citing a recording error. Death Valley National Park was given the top spot in its place.

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