The hottest country in the world can be determined using either the average annual temperature or the highest temperature ever recorded in that country. Considering the two determinants, two countries can lay claim to being the hottest country in the world. Read on to find out which two countries these are. H
Hottest Countries Based on Highest Recorded Temperature
#1. United States
The hottest country based on the highest temperature ever recorded there in the USA. The Death Valley, or more precisely the Furnace Creek Ranch is where the highest temperature ever recorded on earth was experienced on the 10th of July 1913. The temperature measured on that day was a world-record-breaking 56.7 °C (134 °F). This record has held since that day and is yet to be beaten.
Tunisia comes in second place in this category. On the 7th of July 1931, a temperature of 55 °C (131 °F) was recorded in the Tunisian town of Kebil. Generally, summer in Tunisia is very hot with average temperatures around 32/33 °C (89/91 °F). Higher temperatures may be recorded in the desert areas.
The third highest temperature ever recorded on earth was recorded in Kuwait. Kuwait is well known as one of the hottest countries in the world. Only as recently as July 21 2016, the town of Mitribah experiences a temperature of 54.0 °C (129.2 °F). This is the hottest temperature recorded anywhere on earth in recent time.
Another Middle Eastern country known for its sweltering temperatures is Iran. Iran typically gets very hot in summer while the climate is milder in winter. Iran’s mountainous regions get even colder in winter. Iran experienced its highest temperature ever on the 29th of June, 2017 in Ahwaz. The temperature recorded on that day was 54 °C (129 °F) in Ahwaz.
I’m sure you are wondering what’s up with the Middle East. Yes, Israel is also in the Middle East and the country lays claim to being the 5th hottest country in the world based on the highest temperature ever recorded there. A record high temperature of 54.0 °C (129.2 °F) was recorded in Tirat Zvi on 21 June 1942. Summer temperatures in Israel usually hover around high 80’s (27C) and 90’s in °F (32C) while some areas in the country such as Massada and Eilat typically experience higher temperatures of up to 110 °F (43C) or above.
The Iraqi town of Basra on the 22nd July 2016 experienced a temperature of 53.9 °C (129.0 °F). This makes Iraq one of the hottest countries on the planet. Summertime in Iraq is typically very hot just like in its neighbouring countries. Northern Iraq experiences hotter temperatures than the south in summer due to its desert-like climate, although the entire country is generally hotter around this period. The climate in winter is much milder. Mountainous regions tend to be much colder in winter and experience more rainfall.
Summertime in Pakistan is also usually very hot just like in neighbouring India. The Pakistani town of Turbat recorded a temperature of 53.7 °C (128.7 °F) on the 28th of May 2017. It can get so hot in summer in Pakistan that Asphalt used to construct roads starts to melt.
#8. United Arab Emirates
The UAE is well known for its tall buildings and is a huge tourist destination. Dubai is a popular winter vacation destination for many. The UAE does not escape the intense summer heat associated with countries in the Middle East where it is located. However, the country is well developed and has been able to cope with extreme heat with innovative solutions. Buildings in the UAE are fitted with air condition units which make it easier to survive the extreme summer heat. The highest temperature ever recorded in the UAE is 52.1 °C (125.8 °F).
Hottest Countries Based on Average Annual Temperature
As said in the introductory part of this post, hottest countries can also be ranked based on the average annual temperature. This list takes into account the temperatures measured in each country all year round. It is therefore completely different from the above list of hottest countries based on the highest recorded temperature due to the huge differences in temperatures between seasons. The following countries experience high temperatures all year round hence and are the warmest countries in the world based on average temperature.
#1. Djibouti: 83.3°F (28.5°C)
The average year-round temperature in Djibouti is 83.3 degrees Fahrenheit (28.5 degrees Celsius) which makes this tiny East African country the hottest on the planet.
#2. Mali: 83.1°F(28.4°C)
Mali is located in West Africa and is largely made up of the Sahara Desert. This may be responsible for the all year heat experienced in the country.
#3. Saint Barthélemy: 83°F (28.3°C)
The French Caribbean Island of St. Barthélemy, also known as St. Barts enjoys warm temperatures all year round. It is famous for its white-sand beaches.
#4. Niger: 83°F (28.3 °C)
Just like Mali, Niger Republic is in West Africa and is largely made up of the Sahara Desert.
#5. Burkina Faso: 82.9°F (28.3°C)
Burkina Faso also has much of its landmass dominated by the Sahara Desert.
#6. Aruba: 82.4°F (28°C)
The tiny Dutch Caribbean Island nation of Aruba is the 5th hottest country in the world based in yearly average temperature.
#7. The Gambia: 82.4°F (28°C)
This small West African nation like its neighbours also enjoys a warm climate all year round.
#8. Sudan: 82.2°F (27.9°C)
Sudan, located in the North of Africa is dominated by desert plains that are interrupted only by the Nike Valley.
#9. The Maldives: 82.1°F (27.8°C)
The Maldives is a warm country famous as one of the world’s most luxurious vacation spots.
#10. Mauritania: 82.1°F (27.8°C)
In 10th place on this list is Mauritania, a country located on Africa’s Atlantic coast. It is here that the Sahara desert meets the sea.
This article discussed in detail the hottest countries in the world, taking into consideration both the highest recorded temperature and the annual average temperature. The USA and Djibouti both can lay claim to being the hottest country in the world based on these two determinants.