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Hottest Places on Earth

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Summer is often a welcome season after a chilly winter, but there are some extreme places on Earth where the warmer months aren’t so fondly recalled, places that get so hot they test the limits of what is hospitable. Here’s a rundown of 9 of the hottest places in the world, including Death Valley shown here.

1) Dallol, Ethiopia
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This scorching hot town in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia holds the record for having the highest average annual temperature ever recorded. From 1960 to 1966, Dallol averaged 94 degrees Fahrenheit (daytime temperatures regularly rose to over 100 degrees). This number is an annual average, meaning that Dallol’s temperature dips only moderately throughout the year. There is almost never a break from the heat at any time of the year.

2) Tirat Zvi, Israel
Tirat Zvi, Israel

Tirat Zvi is a religious kibbutz in Israel that sits in the Beit She’an Valley, 722 feet below sea level. Though the nearby Jordan River keeps the region fertile, the valley can get pummeled by the sun in the summer months. In June 1942, the settlement recorded the highest temperature ever officially measured in Asia: 129 degrees Fahrenheit.

To escape the heat, residents often immerse themselves in pools fed by springs, and each house is surrounded by a canopy to provide shade.

3) Timbuktu, Mali
Timbuktu, Mali

Timbuktu’s history is a rich and storied one. Sitting at the crossroads of ancient Saharan trade routes, the city was once a thriving center of scholarship and central to the spread of Islam throughout Africa. Temperatures can also soar here, and have been recorded reaching in excess of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The good news is that the cooling waters of the Niger River are only about 15 miles away.

4) Kebili, Tunisia
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A desert oasis in central Tunisia, Kebili is ironically where people go to escape the North African heat. At least here, there are palm trees to provide shade, and water to cool off in.The mercury has topped out at over 131 degrees, some of the highest ever recorded in Africa.

5) Rub’ al Khali, Arabian Peninsula
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The largest continuous sand desert in the world, the Rub’ al Khali covers about a third of the Arabian Peninsula, an area that includes Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. Understandably, it gets hot here. Hot, and dry. High temperatures have been recorded at 133 degrees, and there is no respite for the thirsty: Typical annual rainfall is less than 1.2 inches.

6) Death Valley, United States
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Located in the Mojave Desert of California, Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest region in North America and holds the world record for the highest temperature ever directly recorded: 134 degrees Fahrenheit. The World Meteorological Organization awarded Death Valley with the record in 2012 when it was determined that the previous record holder, El Azizia, Libya, reported an invalid measurement.
When the rains do fall, wildflowers emerge from their parched dungeon and cover the valley floor in spectacular blooms. Magic even seems to exist here. Death Valley is home to mysterious moving rocks, which leave tracks as proof of their travels — though no one has ever witnessed their movement.

7) Flaming Mountains, China
Flaming Mountains, China

The Flaming Mountains, located in the Tian Shan Mountain range of Xinjiang, China, likely were named for striking gullies that have been eroded into the red sandstone bedrock, resembling a flame. But the name is also apt for another reason: These mountains are sizzling hot.

8) Australia’s Badlands
Australia's Badlands

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth, and much of its interior Outback is a vast desert. Because so few people live in this region, accurate temperature readings are scant or nonexistent. There’s simply no reason to maintain sophisticated weather stations in such remote areas.NASA satellite equipped with MODIS picked up a land surface temperature of 156.7 degrees Fahrenheit in the so-called Badlands of the Queensland Outback

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