Are you dreaming of getting away to a place where the sun never sets and it stays hot all year round?
Desperate to top up your tan and boost those dwindling vitamin D levels?
Well, if winter temperatures are getting you down, then it’s high time to trade those sweaters for some tank tops and trunks!
Today, I’m taking a look at some of the hottest countries in the world, based on their hottest temperatures ever recorded.
Any of these places would offer all the sunny warm weather you could ever want, so let’s dive in!
Here are 20 of the hottest countries on earth.
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20 Incredibly Hot Countries in the World
Fancy visiting the hottest countries in the world? Let’s go through 20 of them…
Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand boasts an average annual temperature of 80.7 degrees Fahrenheit, or 27 degrees Celsius.
While Bangkok is its most popular city, you can book a trip anywhere in Thailand to enjoy dynamically different food, cultures, and landscapes.
On April 18, 2016, temperatures in Thailand reached a new record high of 112.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 44.6 degrees Celcius.
Tunisia is located in North Africa and has average summer temperatures of around 89 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 to 33 degrees Celsius.
Its hottest date on record was July 7th, 1931, when temperatures soared to 131 degrees Fahrenheit, or 55 degrees Celsius!
While the whole country gets warm, it gets especially hot in Tunisia’s desert regions.
3. The United States
I compiled this list of hot countries by reviewing the average annual temperatures of each location.
Yet, it’s also important to note that out of all of these locations, the United States actually has the hottest single-day temperatures ever recorded.
While it might not be the hottest country in the world, this stat is nothing to scoff at.
This scorching day occurred in Death Valley on July 10, 1931, when temperatures reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit, or 57 degrees Celsius. This region is located in southeastern California and is also home to Death Valley National Park.
4. Burkina Faso
A landlocked country in western Africa, Burkina Faso features a sprawling plateau, with geography characterized mostly by a grassy northern savannah and sparse southern forests.
The highest recorded temperature here is 117 degrees Fahrenheit, or 47 degrees Celsius.
While that number might not be the highest on this list, Burkina Faso does have the distinction of having the hottest average daily temperature in the world: a sweltering 83 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius).
Kuwait is located on the Arabian Peninsula, which is positioned in the northwestern region of the Persian Gulf.
Like Thailand, 2016 was an especially hot year for the country,
On July 21st of that year, temperatures in the town of Mitribah reached 129 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
Iran is uniquely positioned where Central Asia, South Asia, and Middle Eastern Arab states all meet.
While its mountain areas can get cold in the winter, it tends to have a mild climate all year, though its summers can get blisteringly hot.
On June 29th, 2017, the Iranian town of Ahwaz reached a record high of 129 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius!
Located at the Middle Eastern crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Israel is one of the hottest countries on Earth.
On June 21, 1942, the Israeli city of Tirat Zvi spiked a record high of 129 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
While summer temperatures in this country tend to hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it can get much hotter in certain areas, including the cities of Massada and Eila.
8. Mali (The Hottest Country in the World?)
What’ is the hottest country in the world?
Many say Mali.
Another landlocked country in western Africa, Mali actually borders Burkina Faso, as well as the African countries of Mauritania and Senega.
Most of Mali’s northern region is covered by the Sahara Desert, so it’s unsurprisingly warm!
The highest recorded temperature here is a whopping 130 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
Djibouti is located on the northern side of the Horn of Africa.
It’s comprised mostly of vast deserts and is located roughly 817 miles north of the equator.
Thus, it’s easy to see why this country stays so hot!
Average summer temperatures in Djibouti tend to stay around 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius).
However, the hottest day recorded here reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit, or 47 degrees Celsius.
A country in western Asia, Iraq is recognized as one of the easternmost countries of the Arab world.
It’s located at roughly the same latitude as the southeastern United States, but its summer temperatures can be exceedingly warm.
On July 22, 2016, the Iraqui city of Basra reached 129 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
However, the entire country isn’t nearly as hot.
If you travel into Iraq’s northern mountains, for example, the temperatures are usually milder (even in the summer), as well as rainier.
Located in South Asia, Pakistan shares its borders with India, China, Afghanistan, and Iran.
On May 28, 2017, the Pakistani city of Turbat reached its highest temperatures: 129 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius.
The Pakistani city of Jacobabad recently made headlines for its similarly high temps, which can reach 126 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius) in the summer.
Mixed with the humidity in the area, experts explain that this region often gets hotter than the human body is designed to withstand.
Tuvalu is an island in the west/central Pacific Ocean, located about halfway between Australia and Hawaii.
In all, it’s made up of nine coral islands and five reef islands.
One of the smallest hot countries in the world, Tuvalu sees average summer temperatures of around 82 degrees Fahrenheit, or 28 degrees Celsius.
The hottest it’s ever gotten here is around 106 degrees Fahrenheit, or 41 degrees Celsius.
13. The United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is located in the southeastern region of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the countries of Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Like Pakistan, the hottest temperature ever recorded here is 126 degrees Fahrenheit, or 52 degrees Celsius.
For this reason, it’s easy to see why so many people decide to flock to the UAE city of Dubai when winter hits in their hometown.
This city is one of the most modern in the country, with all-important air-conditioned buildings to keep residents and visitors cool.
Kiribati is a tiny island located in the central Pacific Ocean.
It consists of 33 individual islands in all, though only 20 are inhabited. The climate here stays hot and humid year-round, as the sun is positioned nearly directly above this region with little variation.
The hottest day in Kiribati reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit, or 45 degrees Celsius.
However, the average annual daytime temperature is much more comfortable, usually staying around 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius).
Senegal’s located in western Africa south of Mauritania, west of Mail and north of Guinea.
There are many elements that contribute to its blistering temps, including a savannah landscape and a northern region in the semi-arid Sahel region. Plus, it’s close to the equator!
The hottest day here reached 123 degrees Fahrenheit, or 50 degrees Celsius.
While that’s definitely hot, most summertime days in the country’s interior usually top out around 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius).
16. The Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands are located in the central Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and Australia.
Though it’s technically considered a country in Micronesia, this archipelago actually contains a total of 190 coral atolls.
Not only is this one of the hottest countries on Earth, but it’s also one of the most remote.
Due to their location, the Marshall Islands are largely inhabited by native islanders, though many are leaving the location for the U.S.
The hottest day here reached 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38 degrees Celsius. Typically, the temperature stays between 80 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit (27 and 34 degrees Celsius).
A small Arab nation in Southwest Asia, Qatar is part of the Middle East.
It sits on the Arabian Peninsula, off the coast of the Persian Gulf.
The temperature stays pretty mild here but can fluctuate due to changing conditions.
On May 25, 2021, the settlement of Abu Samra reached its highest-ever numbers, hitting 118 degrees Fahrenheit, or 48 degrees Celsius.
Benin is a West African country that lies perpendicular to the Coast of the Gulf of Guinea.
Its capital city of Cotonou is known as a nightlife hotspot, with many different bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to check out! However, be sure to dress cool.
During most months, Benin’s climate remains fairly mild, hovering around 81 degrees Fahrenheit, or 28 degrees Celsius.
However, when it’s hot, it’s hot!
The warmest day on record here occurred in the country’s W National Park region, where it reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).
Located on the Atlantic coast of Africa, Mauritania is situated at the crossroads of the Maghreb region and sub-Saharan Africa.
For most of the year, temperatures here stay pretty mild, at around 81 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius).
However, this country’s surrounded by a vast desert, which can create significant climate fluctuations.
Nouakchott, its capital and largest city, once got as hot as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, or 46 degrees Celsius!
Palau is recognized as the westernmost archipelago of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia.
It consists of six primary island groups and is located about 500 miles from the equator.
While tourists love Palau for its tropical beauty and lush natural scenery, be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen too! In the summertime, temps can soar up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, or 35 degrees Celsius, but the average humidity is greater than 80%, which can make it feel even hotter.
Visit the Hottest Countries in the World
While these are some of the hottest countries in the world, you don’t necessarily need to mark them off your travel list.
The key is to know which parts of the country get hot, and the specific times of the year to avoid!
Many countries, such as Iran, are plenty cold, especially in their northern or mountainous regions. As long as you do a little homework beforehand, you should be plenty comfortable during your stay.
Does all this talk about sunshine make you want to book a tropical vacation, stat?
If so, check out my list of the 15 cheapest islands to visit next!