The Hottest and Coldest Places On the Planet
We Live in an Extreme World
From the sizzling hot, to the freezing cold, we take a look at some of the most extreme destinations on Earth.
Planet Earth is home to a hugely diverse range of climates. From one country to the next, travellers can slide between hot and cold temperatures, and can even experience an array of different weather conditions within in a single country. Yet some places on earth are too extreme for even the bravest and most daring of adventurers. Sweltering heat can give way to blistering cold, leaving many places inhospitable. Grab your sunglasses and your fleece as we look at the hottest and coldest places on the face of the Earth.
3: Dallol, Ethiopia
Of the more bearable of destinations on this list is Dallol, Ethiopia. With high temperatures all year round, Dallol holds the record for the highest average temperature of any inhabited place in the world, at a staggering 34.6 degrees C. For anyone planning a visit, the British winter months are the most tourist-friendly, with slightly lower temperatures. Tourist sites include the picturesque Dallol volcano, which is surrounded by salt flats and hot springs.
2: Death Valley, USA
If the name isn’t enough to scare you off, the heat is sure to. Reaching breathtakingly high air temperatures of 56 degrees C, Death Valley in California is one of the driest places in North America. Yet even with such painstakingly high peak temperatures, Death Valley is not as isolated as you might imagine, situated just a three hour drive from Las Vegas. The Death Valley National Park even has nine campsites and is a popular hiking destination for travellers.
1: Lut Desert, Iran
The Lut Desert in Iran, officially known as Dasht-e Lut, is consistently recorded as the hottest place on Earth. This scorching hot salt desert was found to have the hottest surface temperature on Earth in 5 out of 7 years of recorded data. With the sand reaching temperatures as high as 70 degrees C, be sure to bring your sandals for a desert stroll!
3: Hell, Norway
If hell were to freeze over, it would look something like this. The small town of Hell in Norway can see temperatures drop to -25 degrees C in winter. Despite its colder temperatures, Hell has become a semi-tourist destination, with many visitors making a trek to Hell to have their pictures taken in front of its train station sign. Those looking to make a trip to Hell should be sure to purchase single trip travel insurance, which is essential when visiting extreme climates.
2: Yakutsk, Russia
Despite being the coldest city in the world, Yakutsk has almost 300,000 residents who inhabit the developed Russian city, enjoying many amenities and a thriving mining industry. The coldest temperature outside of Antarctica was recorded here (giving you a clue as to which places take the no.1 spot!), meaning that this city is certainly not for the faint hearted!
1: East Antarctic Plateau, Antarctica
As would be expected, the coldest places on the planet are found in the freezing continent of Antarctica – the coldest and windiest continent in the world. Holding the record of the coldest natural temperature ever recorded, -89.2 degrees C in 1983, the East Antarctic Plateau is the coldest area of Antarctica. The continent is largely unpopulated, with much of its residency comprised of scientific researchers. For anyone looking to avoid a case of nasty frostbite, Antarctica is one to leave off the travel bucket list!
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