What is the Hottest Place on Earth (and Other Fascinating Facts)

If you love the heat, you’ll want to seek out those nice, warm climates. But there are a few around the world that may just get a little too uncomfortable. We’re talking in the hundreds, breaking a sweat, running for the air conditioner weather.

Think you have what it takes to stand up to that kind of heat? Here are a few destinations you may want to add to your bucket list.

7 of the Hottest Places on Earth

Death Valley, CA

Located in the California desert, this place got its name for a reason. After all, nothing grows when temperatures can get as hot as 134 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s how hot the valley got in 1913. It got almost as hot again when temps shot up to 130 in 2020.

Oodnadatta, Australia

This small outback town is reported to have the highest temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere. Things heated up to a scorching 123 degrees in 1960.

Kebili, Tunisia

Located south of Tunisia, Kebili is one of the main cities in the Nefzaoui region. It has also boasted the hottest temperatures in the Eastern hemisphere shooting up to 131 degrees in January of 1931.

Mitribah, Kuwait

This weather station in the WMO’s Region II, which encompasses most of Asia, recorded a temperature of 129 degrees in July of 2016.

Turbat, Pakistan

This southern Balochistan, Pakistan city experienced uncomfortable heat to the tune of 128.7 degrees in 2017.

Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

This city may sit on the San Jorge Gulf but its proximity to the water didn’t do enough to keep it cool when it reached a temperature of 120 degrees in 1905.

Tirat Tsvi, Israel

This religious kibbutz in the Beit She’an Valley holds the record for the highest temperatures in the World Meteorological Organization VI region that encompasses Europe, the Middle East and Greenland for hitting 129 degrees in 1942.

How Much Heat Can the Human Body Stand?

Visiting these destinations provides a unique experience, but if the heat is too high, it can put somewhat of a damper on the trip. So exactly how much heat can the human body stand?  Fortunately, it can hold up to temperatures much higher than some of the ones recorded above, depending on the circumstances.

Adults can withstand a 230-degree sauna for 3 to 4 minutes and a burning building at the same temperature for 10 minutes, as long as they don’t fall victim to carbon monoxide. Children will start to suffer after a few minutes if left in a car that heats to 122 degrees.

Although humans can hold up to high temperatures, it’s not a good idea to push it. Death rates increase during heat waves as extreme heat is linked to respiratory problems and heart disorders.

If you are faced with extreme heat, air conditioning is the number one protective factor. Staying hydrated and avoiding strenuous activities will also help.

Many people enjoy warm climates, but when it starts to go above the 100-degree mark, things can get pretty uncomfortable. While the destinations listed above are great places to visit, you’re best off scheduling your trip to a time of year when you know temperatures won’t be soaring. Where do you plan on vacationing this summer?