CLOSE
Original image
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Hottest Temperatures on Record in Every Country

Original image
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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?


Globehunters
Original image
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
arrow
infographics
Mapped: The 10 Airports Where You’re Most Likely to Get Stuck Over Thanksgiving
Original image
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Every year, some unlucky Americans end up stranded at U.S. airports trying to get home for Thanksgiving. But your risk of getting stuck at the airport for hours on end varies depending on where you’re flying. Using five years of data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Elite Fixtures collected statistics on the worst airports to travel through around the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when airports are traditionally at their busiest.

The results show that delays aren't necessarily tied to the airports where the weather tends to be worst or those that see the most passengers. What airline you are flying, whether you’re on a regional flight, and the route you’re traveling can all affect your likelihood of getting stuck, and so the percentage of short-haul flights or the number of, say, Delta flights out of a certain airport might affect its overall score negatively. Still, you might want to avoid airports like Chicago’s Midway or the Oakland airport. Good luck with Houston or Dallas, too.

Below, the 10 worst:

Original image
iStock
arrow
infographics
How Your Job Can Predict Whether Or Not You’ll Get Divorced
Original image
iStock

These days, divorce is actually on the wane—2016 marked a nearly 40-year low in U.S. divorces—but whether or not you and your beloved spouse eventually part ways isn’t entirely up to fate. While individual relationships are all unique, statistically, there are demographic and other factors that influence whether or not a couple will divorce, from no-brainers like whether or not you’re willing to share chores equitably to more subtle factors like whether one partner smokes.

Your job matters too, as statistician Nathan Yau found in his analysis of 2015 data from the Census Bureau’s 5-year American Community Survey. As Business Insider and Entrepreneur report, the data shows that there can be vastly different divorce statistics when you’re talking about the marriages of bartenders and those of physical therapists, for instance.

A graph shows blue clusters plotting the links between income levels and divorce rates in different jobs.
Nathan Yau // Flowing Data

That doesn’t mean that going to work in a physical therapy office somehow better equips you for marriage than tending bar. Higher incomes and education levels, both intimately tied to your job, are also correlated with lower divorce rates. Sure, maybe the fact that flight attendants have to be away from their families for their job plays into their high divorce rates, but perhaps the type of person who wants to be a flight attendant might also be less inclined to settle down compared to people who dream of being an actuary.

Where does your job fall? Here are 10 fields with the lowest divorce rates surveyed:

1. Actuaries: 17 percent
2. Physical scientists: 18.9 percent
3. Medical and life scientists: 19.6 percent
4. Clergy: 19.8 percent
5. Software developers, applications and systems software: 20.3 percent
6. Physical therapists: 20.7 percent
7. Optometrists: 20.8 percent
8. Chemical engineers: 21.1 percent
9. Directors of religious activities and education: 21.3 percent
10. Physicians and surgeons: 21.8 percent

And here are the 10 highest-divorcing industries:

1. Gaming managers: 52.9 percent
2. Bartenders: 52.7 percent
3. Flight attendants: 50.5 percent
4. Gaming services workers: 50.3 percent
5. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: 50.1 percent
6. Switchboard operators: 49.7 percent
7. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic: 49.6 percent
8. Telemarketers: 49.2 percent
9. Textile knitting and weaving machine operators: 48.9 percent
10. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders: 48.8 percent

Explore the data further on Flowing Data.

[h/t Business Insider]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios