Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Posted by Muhammad Naeem On Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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 my 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


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 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
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 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 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 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 

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 


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 inchesof rain fell on Death Valley.
Highest recorded temperature – 134 degrees F


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