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The Hottest Places on Earth

January 06, 2016

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Well, it's officially January. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you may have found yourself complaining about the chilly winter weather over the last month or so. You might start appreciating your environment more after you've checked out some of the hottest places in the world! 

You might be shocked by how hot it gets in some of these places!You might be shocked by how hot it gets in some of these places!Courtesy of realtyroundup.com

Timbuktu, Mali

  • Timbuktu is located in western Africa, on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. It has been settled since the 12th century and has a population of over 50,000 people. 
  • Timbuktu has a rich history (it was one of the centers of Islamic learning for several hundred years) and houses one of the greatest collections of ancient manuscripts in the world. 
  • Temperatures in this city have been recorded at as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 54 degrees Celsius). Now that is hot! 
  • These days, Timbuktu is actually an endangered city. The Sahara desert is steadily encroaching upon the city, and it may not be long before that dry expanse of sand takes over completely.

Experts think Timbuktu is in danger of being swallowed by desert sands. Experts think Timbuktu is in danger of being swallowed by desert sands. Courtesy of wsj.com

Death Valley, United States

  • Death Valley is located in eastern California, in the Mojave Desert, and is the hottest place in North America and one of the hottest in the world. 
  • Despite the heat, some life does exist here. Foxes and rodents scavenge the area at night, when they are not in danger from the sun's rays. 
  • Death Valley boasts one of the highest temperatures ever recorded: 134 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 56 degrees Celsius). 
  • In Death Valley, there are years when it doesn't rain at all! Not a single drop. 

Death Valley is one of the driest places on Earth!Death Valley is one of the driest places on Earth!Courtesy of The Guardian

Bangkok, Thailand

  • Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, and is located in the central part of the country. Over 14 million people live within the metropolitan region. 
  • Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the entire world, and features temples, palaces, and a vibrant nightlife. 
  • The city experiences several seasons: the hot season, the rainy season, and the cool season. The average low is still fairly high though, and is recorded at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). 
  • With an average high of 96 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 36 degrees Celsius) in the warmest months, along with 90% humidity, this packed city can get uncomfortably hot!

It's easy to see why Bangkok is such a popular tourist destination!It's easy to see why Bangkok is such a popular tourist destination!Courtesy of bangkok.com

Maybe you're a hot weather person, and these high temperatures appeal to you, But maybe, just maybe, you'll take a look outside at the frost, snow, or rain, and feel a little bit thankful that you're not residing in one of the hottest places in the world! 

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