Are you interested in knowing the hottest countries in the world? If yes, keep reading as we are about to show you the list of the world’s hottest countries based on the highest temperatures ever recorded.
Also, towards the ending of this article, we have prepared a list of the top 20 hottest countries in the world right now in 2023 based on Average Annual Temperatures.
Just like we explained why some countries have extremely low temperatures in our previous list of the Coldest Countries in the World; we would also like to give some details on the reason behind high temperature countries.
To get started, the reason behind the high temperatures of some places is simply because of direct light rays from the sun.
The determinant of this is based on the way the earth is tilted on its axis giving room for some places to get closer to the equator and directing vertical rays of the sun to these places.
Countries with deserts which are closer to the equator are likely to be hotter and drier because the sands in the deserts lack water. When the sun shines on the ground, it goes directly into the sands, warming the surface of the ground.
However, deserts are usually cold at nights because the sands in the deserts cannot retain or hold the heat radiated during the day time.
Without wasting much time at all, let’s go into the list of the hottest countries in the world 2022.
The 10 Hottest Countries in the World – By Highest Temperatures Ever Recorded
Based on the highest temperatures ever recorded, these are the hottest countries in the world:
1. United States of America – The highest temperature ever recorded: 56.7 °C (134 °F)
The hottest country in the world is the United States of America based on the highest temperature ever recorded. A very high temperature reaching 56.7 °C (134 °F) was recorded in Death Valley, California, U.S.A on July 10, 1913.
The United States is a country in North America continent, comprising of 50 states.
Despite USA being among the coldest countries in the World, it is also among the world’s hottest countries.
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2. Tunisia – The highest temperature ever recorded: 55 °C (131 °F)
Tunisia is the world’s second hottest country as the highest temperature ever marked in the country was reported to have reached 55 °C (131 °F).
Its extreme temperature of 55 °C (131 °F) was recorded in Kebili on July 7, 1931.
Tunisia is an African Country located in the northernmost part of Africa. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, and Libya to the Southeast.
Based on the hottest temperature ever recorded, it can be said that Tunisia is the hottest African country, having a record of 55 °C (131 °F).
3. Kuwait – The highest temperature ever recorded: 54.0 °C (129.2 °F)
Kuwait is a country in the Middle East, which is situated in Western Asia, particularly at the tip of the Persian Gulf in western Arabia. It is bordered by Iraq to the north and Saudi Arabia to the south.
It is a small country officially regarded as the State of Kuwait and takes on the 157th position among the most populous countries in the world, having a population of 4.3 million.
On July 21, 2016, Kuwait hit a high temperature record of 54.0 °C (129.2 °F) in Mitribah, making Kuwait one of the hottest countries in the world by highest temperatures ever recorded.
4. Iran – The highest temperature ever recorded: 54.0 °C (129.2 °F)
Iran is also among the hottest countries in the world. It is a country located in Western Asia.
The Middle Eastern country, Iran is also referred to as Persia. Having a population of 85 million people, it is the 4th most populous country in Asia Continent and the 17th most populous country in the world.
It is bordered by Iraq and Turkey to the west, Azerbaijan and Armenia to the northwest, Turkmenia to the north, and Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east.
A temperature of 54.0 °C (129.2 °F) was recorded in Ahvaz, Iran on June 29, 2017, making Iran one of the highest temperature countries in the world.
5. Israel – The highest temperature ever recorded: 54.0 °C (129.2 °F)
Another country on the list of the world’s hottest countries by highest temperatures ever recorded is Israel. Israel is a Middle Eastern country located at eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea.
Israel is a small country and it has an estimated population of 9.5 million residents as at 2022, making it the 93rd most populous country.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Israel was 54.0 °C (129.2 °F) in Tirat Zvi, on June 21, 1942.
6. Iraq – The highest temperature ever recorded: 53.9 °C (129.0 °F)
Officially known as the republic of Iraq, Iraq is a country in the Middle East which could be found in Western Asia.
It is bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the southwest, and the country of Syria to the west.
Iraq is the 6th hottest country in the world by highest recorded temperatures, hitting an extremely high temperature of 53.9 °C (129.0 °F) on July 22, 2016 in Basra city.
7. Pakistan – The highest temperature ever recorded: 53.7 °C (128.7 °F)
The country called Pakistan is also one of the warmest nations on earth, having a high temperature record of 53.7 °C (128.7 °F).
This extreme temperature was marked on May 28, 2017 in the city of Turbat.
Pakistan is a country in Southern Asia. It has a population of over 227 million people, making it the 5th most populous country on earth. It is also the second largest Muslim-populated country.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is bordered by India, Afghanistan, Iran and China.
Despite Pakistan’s being one of the warmest countries in the world, its most popular mountain called K2 is also one of the coldest mountains on earth.
8. United Arab Emirates – The highest temperature ever recorded: 52.1 °C (125.8 °F)
Based on hottest temperatures ever recorded, the United Arab Emirates is the eighth hottest country on earth.
Popularly regarded as UAE, the United Arab Emirates is a country in Western Asia which consists of 7 Emirates, namely; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah.
UAE is an Arabian country and it is widely known to be among the richest countries in the world while its capital Dubai is home to one of the tallest buildings in the world.
The United Arab Emirates climate could be warm and cool during the winter but usually hot during the summer as a result of its desert climate.
In 2002, a hot temperature of 52.1 °C (125.8 °F) was recorded in UAE, making it one of the world’s hottest countries.
According to Holidify, the best time to visit UAE to spend a vacation is between October and March because of the cool and warm temperatures of these months.
9. Saudi Arabia – The highest temperature ever recorded: 52.0 °C (125.6 °F)
Saudi Arabia, officially called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also one of the hottest countries in the world.
On June 23, 2010, a high temperature reaching 52.0 °C (125.6 °F) was recorded in city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and that marked the hottest temperature ever recorded in Saudi Arabia’s history.
Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country located on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia.
During the summer, the temperature of Saudi Arabia is usually high due to its desert temperature and in fact, Saudi Arabia’s desert is among the largest deserts in the world.
10. Mexico – The highest temperature ever recorded: 52.0 °C (125.6 °F)
Mexico is another country on the list of the top hottest countries in the world.
It is a country in the southern portion of North America Continent and is bordered by the United States of America to the north.
A temperature as high as 52.0 degrees Celsius (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was the highest ever recorded temperature in Mexicali city, Mexico in June 1995, making it one of the World’s highest temperature countries.
List of the 10 Hottest Countries in the World by Highest Temperature Ever Recorded
|S/No.||COUNTRY||CITY/TOWN||HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED|
|1.||United States of America||Death Valley, California||56.7 °C (134 °F)|
|2.||Tunisia||Kebili||55 °C (131 °F)|
|3.||Kuwait||Mitribah||54.0 °C (129.2 °F)|
|4.||Iran||Ahvaz||54 °C (129 °F)|
|5.||Israel||Tirat Zvi||54.0 °C (129.2 °F)|
|6.||Iraq||Basra||53.9 °C (129.0 °F)|
|7.||Pakistan||Turbat||53.7 °C (128.7 °F)|
|8.||United Arab Emirates||Sweihan, Al Ain||52.1 °C (125.8 °F)|
|9.||Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||52.0 °C (125.6 °F)|
|10.||Mexico||Mexicali||52.0 °C (125.6 °F)|
The Hottest Place in the World (by Highest Temperature Ever Recorded)
Death Valley in Eastern California, USA is the hottest place on earth based on the highest temperature ever recorded.
An extreme temperature was observed on July 10, 1913, in Death Valley, reaching 56.7 degrees Celsius (134 degrees Fahrenheit) and therefore making history of being the hottest place in the world by highest temperature ever recorded.
Death Valley desert is not only the hottest place on earth but also the driest place in North America continent.
Many would wonder if the desert supports any life form; the answer is yes! as humans live in Death Valley and all it takes is enough food, water and other basic supplies.
Also, several animals have been spotted in Death Valley including; jack rabbits, coyotes, gophers, bobcats, desert bighorn ship, mice and other nocturnal animals.
List of the Top 20 Hottest Countries in the World by Average Annual Temperature
Based on the Average Annual Temperatures, these are the hottest countries in the world right now:
|S/No.||COUNTRY||AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE (°C)|
|20.||UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||27|
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Conclusion (Hottest countries in the world)
There you have the list of the top 10 hottest countries in the world.
Let’s bring it to your knowledge that °C used in this article means “Degrees Celsius” while °F means “Degrees Fahrenheit”.
Do you plan on visiting Death Valley, the hottest place in history? Or any of these extremely high temperature countries? Get your sunglasses ready. And have no fear, people live there, and you’ll have fun surviving with them.
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