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Sometimes it seems like summer stretches into a hot, dry mess. But there are some places on the globe where being dry is taken to an entirely new level.
Read on to find out about spots where rain rarely falls, and in some cases hasn't fallen in millions of years. In these dry climates, it's difficult to grow anything because continuous evaporation and transpiration means that water doesn't stick around for plants or people to slurp up.
Aoulef, AlgeriaSlide 2 of 21
Average rainfall: 12.19 millimeters (0.48 inches) per year
This little town in central Algeria is the driest place in an already dry country. As if that isn't enough, it's also blazingly hot in Aoulef it is an oasis in the desert after all. A couple of palm trees separate the town from the surrounding miles of desert.Slide 3 of 21
Pelican Point, NamibiaSlide 4 of 21
Pelican Point, Namibia
Average rainfall: 8.13 mm (0.32 in) per year
Pelican Point is a tiny jetty in the sand-dune-filled African country of Namibia, but even for a place known for dryness, it's a special case. Despite the dryness, it's still a much-lauded surfer spot showing once again that surfers will endure just about anything for the perfect wave.Slide 5 of 21
Iquique, ChileSlide 6 of 21
Average rainfall: 5.08 mm (0.2 in) per year
This port city lies at the top of the long skinny country of Chile, and actually lies to the west of the well-known Atacama Desert. The surrounding desert is mined for the natural fertilizer nitrate, and the town does boast beaches for escaping the dry air. If rain does fall, it happens in January and February.Slide 7 of 21
Wadi Halfa, SudanSlide 8 of 21