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Many places around the world sweat and swelter when summer comes, but even the hottest summer temperatures in many places don't hold a candle to the hottest places on Earth.
While two-thirds of the earth is covered in water, a full third of the remaining land (that's one-ninth of the total!) is nearly uninhabitable desert. As it turns out, all of the world's hottest places lie in that harsh environment.
Wadi Halfa, Sudan - 127 degreesSlide 2 of 17
Wadi Halfa, Sudan - 127 degrees
Wadi means valley in Arabic, and this dry valley at the top of Sudan lies on the border with Egypt. In April of 1967, the city of 15,000 clocked a temperature of 127 degrees Fahrenheit (53 degrees Celsius).
While the climate of northern Sudan is generally extremely dry, there are times when damp southern air can reach the border and cause violent dust storms known as the haboob , when moist, unstable air forms thunderstorms in the heat of the afternoon. The initial downflow of air from an approaching storm produces a huge yellow wall of sand and clay that can temporarily reduce visibility to zero.Slide 3 of 17
Ahwaz, Iran - 128 degreesSlide 4 of 17
Ahwaz, Iran - 128 degrees
Ahwaz, Iran lies in a desert just above sea level and gets less than an inch of rain per year. During July, the average high will be 116 F (47 C) that's hot enough to get most of the city's million residents inside to turn on the fans.
Ahwaz, also spelled Ahvaz, is a place where the siesta is taken very seriously in order to escape oppressive afternoon heat, shops and businesses close around noon and reopen for a few hours at 6 p.m.Slide 5 of 17
Tirat Tsvi, Israel - 129 degreesSlide 6 of 17
Tirat Tsvi, Israel - 129 degrees
The hottest place in Asia, the small kibbutz of Tirat Tsvi (population: 642) recorded a temperature of 129 F (54 C) in June 1942. The town lies 722 feet (220 meters) below sea level. Despite its formidable climate, the town is the largest grower of dates in Israel, with 18,000 trees.Slide 7 of 17
Araouane, Mali - 130 degreesSlide 8 of 17