Expat Life

Hottest Countries In The World

May 5, 2015

Let me set the scene, In Muscat today the temperature is around 40 degrees, the humidity is at 76% and we are under a big horrible dust cloud – The air is thick, muggy and hot. I’m already on my second change of clothes today. What I really didn’t want to happen just did, we had a power cut.

A power cut doesn’t sound very exciting, sure we can live without wifi and hair driers, but when the air conditioning suddenly stops without warning things can get a bit uncomfortable.

After a sweaty couple of hours someone answered my prayers and the power came back to life.  I’m now sitting under the breeze cooling down but It got me thinking… Where are the hottest counties in the world?!


Out of 196 countries in the world, these are the top 10 hottest;

10 – Mexico

9- Somalia

8- India

7- Sudan

6- Oman

5- Iran

4- Algeria

3- Iraq

2- Saudi Arabia

1- Libya

The highest ever temperature recorded in Libya was apparently 57.8 degrees Celsius, ouch!!


How did people manage to survive without air conditioning?!

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  • Reply Hisham May 6, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    Hi, your blog is very really nice. Many interesting topics and very useful tips. I, as a Libyan, didn’t really know that Libya is the hottest country in the world! I knew that the highest temperature ever recorded was in Libya, in El Azizia city! However, it 2012 Libya lost the title to Greenland Ranch, Death Valley!, California, USA, 56.7 C which was recorded in 1913.

    Libya is a vast country, I am sure it gets very (very) hot during the summer especially in north western and southern parts, however the north east, the Green Mountain (not the one in Oman!) where I am from, has a very mild weather, 27-30 C max in middle of summer , a very Mediterranean and in winter it gets very cold, colder than Dundee, Scotland (I’ve been living in Dundee for the past two years!), it even snows for at least 3 to 4 days (and it stays 🙂 ). I will be moving to Muscat next August to take a new job and I guess it will be even hotter by then, so help me god.

    All the best,

    • Reply Heather May 6, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      Thank you for your comment Hisham, I already replied to you on Facebook but I thought that I would reply here also 🙂 I appreciate your comment. Good luck with your move to Muscat and I promise you that it is nicer than Dundee 😛

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