Temperatures are rising and Ireland recorded its hottest temperature in more than a century yesterday as parts of Dublin hit a muggy 33C.
The temperature was just below Ireland’s hottest on record – 33.3C, measured at Kilkenny Castle in 1887.
In the UK, mercury is expected to hit 40C this week as heatwaves continue across Europe and the US.
But while it may feel scorching, Ireland’s July heatwave has nothing to do with these 10 literal hotspots, which have seen some of the highest temperatures on record.
Death Valley, California, United States
The aptly named Furnace Creek currently holds the record for the hottest air temperature ever recorded. The desert valley reached highs of 120°F (56.7°C) in the summer of 1913, seemingly beyond the limits of human survival. There is debate over the validity of this temperature, but even if it turns out to be wrong, Furnace Creek still comes out on top: a temperature of 54.4 °C was recorded in August 2020. Average summer highs today reach 47°C and it is the driest place in the States.
The highest temperature ever reliably recorded in Africa was 51.3 °C in Ouargla in the Algerian Sahara on July 5, 2018. There are many historical claims of Africa’s hottest temperature – including 55°C in Kebili, Tunisia, the current official record – but these all ring alarm bells because of the way they were recorded at French and Italian military outposts during the colonial era.
Mitribah, a remote area of northwestern Kuwait, reached a muggy 53.9°C on July 21, 2016. This was not only the third highest temperature ever recorded, but also the highest temperature ever recorded for the continental region of Asia.
On July 22, 2016, a temperature of 53.9 °C was measured at Basra International Airport in Iraq.
Turbat, a city in southern Balochistan, Pakistan, recorded the fourth highest temperature ever on May 28, 2017: 53.7 °C.
This hydrothermal field of salt formations, acidic hot springs, and gas geysers had an average daily high temperature of 41°C from 1960 to 1966. These rising numbers mean it has the highest average temperature of any inhabited place on Earth.
The former capital of the Jafara district, 40 km south of Tripoli, used to claim the title of the hottest place on earth – in 1922 the temperature was recorded as a sweltering 58°C. However, he was stripped of the title in 2012 when forecasters invalidated it due to a number of factors, including the fact that the person recording it was inexperienced. In midsummer, however, temperatures in the city regularly exceed 48 °C.
The Omani city of Quriyat, which is south-east of the capital Muscat, recorded its highest ever low temperature on June 26, 2018 – an overnight record of 41.9°C, also recorded in Oman.
Dasht-e Loot, Iran
This desert plateau has the hottest ground temperatures on the planet – satellite measurements taken between 2003 and 2009 revealed a maximum temperature of a staggering 70.7°C. Needless to say, the region is uninhabited.
Bandar-e Mahshahr, Iran
This muggy city achieved the second-highest heat index of all time – the heat index combining air temperature and relative humidity. Bandar-e Mahshahr registered a heat index of 74 °C in July 2015. The hottest recorded temperature is 51 °C.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/the-10-hottest-places-on-earth-from-death-valley-to-algeria-41850446.html The 10 Hottest Places on Earth, from Death Valley to Algeria