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Where is the hottest place on Earth?

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a) El Azizia, Libya

b) Death Valley, USA

c) Lut Desert, Iran

d) Wadi Halfa, Sudan

(Scroll down for the answer…!)

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The title of the world’s hottest place is often given to El Azizia in Libya due to a 1922 temperature of 136 degrees Ferenheit (58 degrees Celsius) recorded via a weather station thermometer. The previous record of 134 F was set in Death Valley, California in 1913. It is important to note, however, that the highest temperatures on Earth are too hot and too remote for ground-based instruments. According to, the hottest temperature ever recorded using satellite technology occurred in d) the Lut Desert in Iran, blowing away El Azizia’s record with a sweltering reading of 159.3 F (70.7 C) in 2005. Tan Mom would love it there!

Wanna catch a tan? If you’re headed to the Lut Desert anytime soon, I’d pack some sunblock and a visor…and some sanity pills!

As a kid, my family drove through Death Valley in the summer in our spitfire orange station wagon, which had wood-paneling, but no air conditioning. Yeah, that was hot. Where’s the hottest place you’ve ever been? Let us know in the comments!

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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

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