The Hottest Temperatures on Record in Every Country
We’re used to thinking of desert regions like Death Valley or the Sahara as being scorching hot during the summer, but other regions of the world have experienced similarly mind-blowing temperatures at some point in recent history, too. The travel booking site Globehunters put together this map of the hottest temperatures around the world, cataloging each country’s most extreme heat-wave peaks, which can top 120°F in many places.
That’s not to say these temperatures are normal. Just because one area of the U.S. has gotten up to 134°F at some point (a record set in Death Valley in 1911) doesn’t mean that it’s a terribly hot country overall. Seattle’s average temperature in July is just 65°F. Not to mention the fact that how hot the weather actually feels depends on how humid it is.
Still, you can tell that a country is pretty chilly based on how low its temperature records are. In Northern Ireland, the weather has never topped 88°F, which is a pretty average summer temperature in other parts of the world. Compare that to places like Iran or Pakistan, where temperatures have reached all the way to 127°F and 128°F.
As the weather becomes more extreme due to climate change, though, you can expect these numbers to change a lot, especially in Antarctica, where temperatures recently reached a new high of more than 63°F. Even areas that are normally hot to begin with are sweating: Southern Asia had its worst heat wave in modern history in 2016. Feeling sweaty yet?