The hottest place on Earth

The summer months turn some cities of our planet into real “branches of hell,” some of which will be discussed in this issue.

Let’s start with Wadi Halfa, a city that is located in northern Sudan and is a sinking desert. The average annual temperature here is only 27 degrees, but in summer it can increase to 48. At the same time, the total amount of precipitation per year does not reach here even up to 1 mm, which makes this city practically uninhabitable and therefore there are only 15 thousand people of the official population.

Next in line is the small settlement of Dallol in Ethiopia. Here, the temperature never drops below 30, and in summer it reaches 47 degrees, which makes Dallol the hottest settlement on our planet. At the same time, this does not prevent extreme tourists from coming here for the sake of magnificent types of salt formations and geysers, of which there are an incredible amount.

The city of Azizia in Libya also boasts high temperatures. For example, in 1922 58 degrees Celsius were recorded here, and the average temperature in the summer is kept at 50 degrees, despite the fact that the amount of precipitation for a whole year in this city is no more than 250 millimeters.

Another record holder of our planet is the Deshte Lut desert in Iran. It is completely uninhabited and not surprising, since the temperature on the surface of the sand here reaches 70 degrees, which is unsuitable not only for human habitation, but also for the absolute majority of the living beings of the Earth known to science.

And finally, let’s say about the place with the speaking name “Death Valley”, which is the most severe climate throughout the United States. In 1913, there was recorded a temperature of 57 degrees Celsius, which is an absolute record for the Western Hemisphere. Even now, the summer thermometer rarely drops below 45 degrees here, which at the same time does not interfere with the life of a small timbish tribe in this territory for more than 1000 years.