Special Report

Hottest Inhabited Places on Earth

The coldest days of winter are just ahead, and in parts of the United States many Americans will start the ritual of looking forward to warmer days of spring. However, in other parts of the country and around the world, the spring and summer months are not exactly pleasant times of year — they regularly endure scorching hot summers. In some places, summers are even dangerously hot, keeping people in doors for long stretches of the year.

And yet, like in many of the coldest regions of the planet, there are people living in such places.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average temperature in the summer at 2,712 weather stations around the world using data from The Global Historical Climatology Network-Monthly, a program of the North Atlantic Atmospheric Association to find the hottest inhabited places on Earth.

We compared the average temperatures during June, July, and August recorded by northern hemisphere weather stations, and the average over December, January, and February at southern hemisphere stations.

The hottest summer month in 2017, as well as station elevation also came from the NOAA. In a majority of cases, the names of weather stations were changed to the nearest city to better reflect their surrounding municipalities. All data is as of 2017.

We removed from this selection places with zero or close to zero inhabitants. Death Valley, United States, for example, which would have been the number one hottest based on temperatures recorded in 2017, was excluded from this list.

Click here to see the hottest inhabited places on Earth.

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