Hottest Inhabited Places on Earth

January 11, 2019 by Thomas C. Frohlich

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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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25. Multan, Pakistan
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 92°F
> Hottest month: May (95 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 404 feet

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24. Hermosillo, Sonora State, Mexico
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 93°F
> Hottest month: June (94 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 692 feet

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23. El Menia, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 93 °F
> Hottest month: July (95 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 1,302 feet

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22. Nawabshah, Pakistan
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 93 °F
> Hottest month: June (96 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 125 feet

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21. Biskra Province, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 93 °F
> Hottest month: July (95 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 285 feet

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20. Béchar, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 93 °F
> Hottest month: July (95 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 2,536 feet

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19. Paradise, Nevada, United States Of America
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 93 °F
> Hottest month: July (96 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 2,178 feet

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18. Kharga Oasis, Egypt
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 94 °F
> Hottest month: July (95 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 240 feet

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17. Eilat, Israel
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 94 °F
> Hottest month: July (96 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 43 feet

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16. Indio, United States Of America
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 94 °F
> Hottest month: July (96 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): -21 feet

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15. Phoenix, United States Of America
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 95 °F
> Hottest month: July (95 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 1,106 feet

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14. Ouargla, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 95 °F
> Hottest month: July (96 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 463 feet

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13. Jazan, Saudi Arabia
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 95 °F
> Hottest month: July (96 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 16 feet

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12. Jacobabad, Pakistan
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 95 °F
> Hottest month: May (99 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 184 feet

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11. Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 95 °F
> Hottest month: August (97 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 36 feet

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10. Galali, Bahrain
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 96 °F
> Hottest month: August (98 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 7 feet

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9. Timimoun, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 96 °F
> Hottest month: July (99 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 1,024 feet

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8. Aswan, Egypt
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 96 °F
> Hottest month: August (98 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 328 feet

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7. Atbara, Sudan
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 97 °F
> Hottest month: June (99 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 1,132 feet

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6. Karima, Sudan
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 98 °F
> Hottest month: June (99 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 817 feet

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5. Adrar, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 99 °F
> Hottest month: July (100 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 863 feet

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4. Ain Salah, Algeria
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 100 °F
> Hottest month: July (101 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 961 feet

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3. Buraydah, Saudi Arabia
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 100 °F
> Hottest month: August (101 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 2,133 feet

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2. Abadan, Iran
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 102 °F
> Hottest month: July (104 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 36 feet

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1. Medina, Saudi Arabia
> Avg. temp., summer of 2017: 102 °F
> Hottest month: August (103 °F)
> Elevation (at nearest weather station): 2,087 feet