5 Rankings of Foreign Countries According to Heat Levels

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1. Kuwait

1. Kuwait

When it comes to scorching heat, Kuwait is a country that often takes the cake—or should we say, bakes the cake. Summer temperatures in Kuwait can soar to levels that make you wonder if you've accidentally stepped into a sauna with your clothes on. It's not just the heat that's impressive; it's the consistency of it. The mercury doesn't just tip-toe past the hot mark; it sprints.

In Kuwait, the thermometer is less of a temperature gauge and more of a daily challenge. Here's a fun fact: Kuwait holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere. That's a sizzling 54.0°C (129.2°F) in Mitribah on July 21, 2016. If you're planning a visit, you might want to pack light. And by light, we mean maybe just a fan and some ice packs.

While the climate in Kuwait is undeniably extreme, it's a fascinating study of how humans adapt to their environment. The architecture, lifestyle, and even the economy are shaped by the relentless sun.

To give you a sense of just how hot Kuwait can get, here's a quick breakdown of average high temperatures during the peak summer months:

Month Average High Temperature (°C)
June 45.5
July 47.0
August 47.5

Remember, these are just the averages. On particularly fiery days, the temperature can climb even higher. It's a testament to the resilience of the Kuwaiti people and their air conditioners.

2. Iraq

2. Iraq

When it comes to heat, Iraq is certainly no slouch. The country's summer temperatures are so high that even the camels complain about needing sunscreen. Baghdad, the capital, often sees temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), turning it into a veritable frying pan.

Heatwaves in Iraq are not just a test of endurance for the locals but also a challenge for infrastructure. Air conditioning units work overtime, and the demand for electricity spikes, sometimes leading to power outages.

  • Average High (June-August): 44°C (111°F)
  • Average Low (June-August): 24°C (75°F)
  • Record High: 53.9°C (129°F)
In Iraq, the scorching sun doesn't play favorites. It ensures that everyone gets an equal opportunity to experience the joy of sweating profusely.

The climate in Iraq can be as unpredictable as a camel on a skateboard. While the country is known for its blistering heat, it's important to remember that climate and bourbon aging are intricately linked. This might not help you cool down, but at least it's an interesting tidbit to mull over while you're melting.

3. Iran

3. Iran

When it comes to heat, Iran is certainly no slouch. The country's vast deserts and summer temperatures can make you feel like you're in a sauna that you can't escape from. But it's not just the air that's baking; the ground itself can get so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk — not that you'd want to eat it afterward.

Iran's climate varies dramatically across its different regions, but when the heat cranks up, it's an all-encompassing experience. Here's a quick peek at the temperature ranges you might encounter:

  • Northern Iran: Mild with cooler temperatures
  • Southern Iran: Intense heat with high humidity
  • Central Iran: Dry and extremely hot
Remember, if you're planning a trip to Iran during the summer, pack light clothing, a sturdy water bottle, and a sense of humor — you'll need all three to survive the scorching heat.

4. Saudi Arabia

4. Saudi Arabia

When it comes to heat, Saudi Arabia is like the oven of the world, and not just because of its scorching summer temperatures. The kingdom's vast deserts act as a natural furnace, ensuring that the heat isn't just a visitor, but a permanent resident. In Saudi Arabia, the mercury doesn't just rise; it soars with the eagles.

Camels may be the ships of the desert, but even they need to take a break from the relentless sun. Here's a fun fact: the highest recorded temperature in Saudi Arabia was a sizzling 52.0 \(C (125.6 \(F) in Jeddah. Now that's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, or even bake a cake if you're feeling adventurous.

  • Average High (Summer): 45 \(C (113 \(F)
  • Average Low (Summer): 28 \(C (82.4 \(F)
  • Record High: 52.0 \(C (125.6 \(F)
In the realm of heat, Saudi Arabia doesn't play by the half measures. It's all or nothing, and 'nothing' isn't a word that the Saudi sun knows.

5. United Arab Emirates

5. United Arab Emirates

When it comes to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the heat is more than just a number on a thermometer—it's a way of life. With temperatures that can make you feel like you're living on the surface of the sun, the UAE is a hotspot for those who dare to brave the scorching climate.

The mercury doesn't just rise in the UAE; it soars. Summer months can see temperatures easily crossing the 40°C (104°F) mark, turning cars into ovens and air conditioners into prized possessions. But it's not just the heat that's impressive; it's the UAE's ability to adapt and continue to flourish in these extreme conditions that truly astounds.

In the midst of the desert, the UAE has built gleaming cities and lush gardens, defying the relentless heat with a mix of technology and sheer willpower.

Here's a quick snapshot of what to expect when visiting the UAE during peak heat times:

  • Average High (June-August): 40-42°C (104-107.6°F)
  • Average Low (June-August): 30-32°C (86-89.6°F)
  • Humidity: Often exceeds 90%

Remember, if you're planning a trip to the UAE, pack light clothing, a lot of sunscreen, and perhaps a personal fan. The heat may be daunting, but the experience is undoubtedly worth it.

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