Think it's hot where you are? Chances are, your current locale has NOTHING on the hottest places on Earth, as told by their record temperatures. Think about that the next time you slide onto your car's leather seats!
1. Lut Desert, Iran (159 °F)
2. Queensland, Australia (156 °F)
3. Flaming Mountains, China (152.5 °F)
4. El Azizia, Libya (136 °F)
5. Kebili, Tunisia (131 °F)
6. Ghadames, Libya (131 °F)
7. Timbuktu, Mali (130 °F)
8. Tirat Zvi, Israel (129 °F)
9. Wadi Halfa, Sudan (127 °F)
10. Dallol, Ethiopia (daily high of about 106 °F)
Oh, so you think it doesn't get hot here at home? Here are a few of the hottest places in the US, according to highest recorded temperatures:
1. Death Valley, California (134 °F)
2. Lake Havasu City, Arizona (128 °F)
3. Mecca, California (126 °F)
4. Palmdale, California (126 °F)
5. Buckeye Arizona (125 °F)
Now, hot is different than warm, and deserts, where most of those sweltering temperatures occurred, are places of extremes. If you're looking for the warmest AVERAGE temperature year-round, you'll find some much more, um, hospitable places.
1. Marathon, Florida (78.5 °F)
2. Boca Chica Key, Florida (78.1 °F)
3. Kona International Airport, Hawaii (77.9 °F)
4. Key West, Florida (77.8 °F)
5. Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Florida (77.7 °F)
Ah, that's much better.