In France, the heat can reach very high temperatures during the summer, especially in the southern regions. Thus, in Languedoc-Roussillon or in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the thermometer regularly rises above 40°C.

However, you will find much more impressive heat in other parts of the world. Notice to the very chilly, here are the 20 countries where it is the hottest in the world.

What are the hottest countries?


Ethiopia, the hottest desert in the world

Once traveled by nomads, the Dallol Desert located in northeastern Ethiopia is the hottest site in the world . It is almost impossible to live there… Too bad, because the landscape is incredible: lava flows hardened by time, layers of salt, geysers, sulfur mountains, hot springs…

A landscape made of yellows, reds, oranges and greens as far as the eye can see . But to appreciate this decor, you will have to be able to withstand temperatures that fluctuate between 45 and 60°C!

Burkina Faso

Burkina FAso, one of the hottest plays

In Burkina Faso, it is hot throughout the year, even during the rainy season in the summer months. This tropical country experiences regular heat records, around 47 or 48 degrees in the north of the country, in the Dori region.

Ouagadougou, the capital is in constant effervescence . A key place to discover African culture. The whole country is full of treasures such as Banni with its 7 mosques, Banfora, a huge oasis with old houses or the Peaks of Sindou sculpted by the wind.

The Mali

Mali: country with record temperatures

The city of Timbuktu in Mali is renowned for being classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . The city of “333 saints” which is full of mosques and tombs to discover also promises intense heat. In summer, it is on average 42°C, and up to 54°C in certain regions! It is one of the landlocked countries on the planet.

From the savannahs of the south to the sand dunes of the north, Mali has superb landscapes . It is better to choose to travel there between November and February, during the dry season, the days are beautiful, hot, but pleasant.



Israel is the cradle of religions . Judaism, Christianity and Islam intersect at the bend of the old city of Jerusalem. From the Holy City to Tel-Aviv, from the Dead Sea to the Negev desert, Israel has a lot to offer for a stay like a trip back in time.

Despite its Mediterranean climate, the country is also largely desert and the sun hits very hard there . Avoid between April and October, especially for the hottest parts, such as Lake Tiberias or the shores of the Dead Sea.

The Kiribati

Kiribati, the hottest archipelago in Oceania

In the heart of Oceania, between Polynesia and Micronesia is the Kiribati archipelago . Its narrow lands make it one of the smallest countries in the world. On the other hand, there is no shortage of maritime areas: 3,550,000 km2 or 11% of its territory! A real little paradise on earth for lovers of terrestrial and marine biodiversity.

32 atolls with sublime lagoons made of white sands and coconut palms where you should not forget your sunscreen, because the heat is intense there . The annual average is approaching 30°C!

The Senegal

Senegal: hottest country in the world

Change of scenery guaranteed during a trip to Senegal . A perfect place for lovers of varied fauna since it is made up of many national parks. A unique country where you can find relaxation thanks to magnificent beaches bordered by the most luxuriant vegetation. As for the temperature, get ready to be hot!

Senegal deserves its place among the hottest countries in the world since it is hot there… all year round . Better to plan a stay between November and March, before the temperatures soar too high and knock you out.



Mauritania is a region that is still too little known. However, it is well worth the detour, especially for its ethnic diversity, a clever mix between the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa. A country made for adventure, tackling the desert sand winds in wild areas that offer a great sense of freedom.

On the other hand, it is better to be careful not to lose the north, in this region which is one of the hottest in the world where there is no shade.

The Benin

Benin: one of the hottest countries in the world

To discover the many riches of Benin, you must above all choose the right time of year  ! Between November and March, the dry season quickly becomes unbearable, especially in the north of the country with a thermometer that often exceeds 40°C. When the harmattan blows, this wind as hot as dust coming from the desert, it is difficult to enjoy the stay.

Which would be a shame, because Benin has a lot to offer: heavenly beaches, savannah, varied animals without forgetting the traditions and the great cultural richness .



More than half of Niger is completely desert , so it is easy to imagine how this country is among the hottest in the world! The curious will be welcome in this country shaped by the Sahara and the river of the same name.

Very varied landscapes to discover, indicating the harshness of life under the blazing sun which remains on average at more than 40°C , but also a very diverse population in terms of culture.


Cambodia: hottest country in Asia

Unexpectedly, Cambodia is extremely hot, even during its winter period . The temperature varies between 25 and 30°C at the coolest and more than 35°C the rest of the year with high humidity. For two months, April and May, the humid heat brought by the rains makes the atmosphere stifling.

A complicated climate which in no way detracts from the magnificence of this country which gives to see the famous temple of Angkor of course, but also kilometers of rice fields, sugar cane and palm trees surrounded by green hills.

The United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

The UAE is best known for Abu Dhabi and Dubai , especially for the latter’s decadent and luxurious infrastructure. But it is also one of the hottest territories in the world which offers a permanent furnace to the inhabitants as to the visitors. That’s why all those luxurious hotels and tallest towers in the world offer such refreshing air conditioning all year round!

For a completely different setting, there’s nothing better than leaving the skyscrapers to discover Sharjah, a land of dunes and palm groves like something out of the Arabian Nights tales.

The Maldives


Here, everything is luxury, calm and voluptuousness , as Charles Baudelaire would say . With its idyllic setting, its fine sandy beaches and its thousand-coloured seabed, the Maldives make the planet dream. The country also welcomes more than 800,000 holidaymakers every year! However, in this little earthly paradise, the heat is very present!

Sunscreen will be the great essential to put in the suitcase to withstand the sun which burns more than 2500 hours per year . Even the water is among the warmest in the world with its 28°C all year round!

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

With its 1,000 km long and 500 km wide, Rub’Al Khali is the largest desert in the world. It is therefore not surprising that Saudi Arabia, which he crosses for the most part, is one of the hottest countries in the world! In these hot and dry lands, life seems impossible, the atmosphere suffocating. The temperature can reach impressive maximums: up to 65°C. Sensitive souls refrain !

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Australia hottest country in Oceania

Australia is a huge country, a continent unto itself. It is therefore not surprising to find climates and varied temperatures there. The heat is generally present, but quite bearable with more or less marked seasons as in Sidney for example.

On the other hand, the Badlands – to be translated as bad lands – are clearly to be avoided during a stay in Australia! An expanse of clay and dry ravines under a record temperature: 69.3°C recorded by NASA in 2003. No wonder this land, the hottest in Australia and among the hottest in the world, is very sparsely populated .

United States

United States

In the United States, Death Valley isn’t just terrifying! The temperature recorded in this territory straddling Nevada and California would scare away even the most cautious! This American national park wears two hats: the driest place in the world and the hottest in the world. In 1913, it reached records with a temperature of 56.7°C!

The few adventurers who dare to cross the arid spaces will however discover a unique landscape of an ocher color as if stretching to infinity.



Libya takes first place in the ranking of the hottest country in the world. If the climate is Mediterranean on the Libyan coast, it is desert in the interior lands. Rainfall is very rare throughout the country (between 400 and 700 ml per year!). In the heart of the Sahara, southern Libya offers temperatures above 40°C between the months of April and October.

The record temperature was reached in El Azizia in September 1922: 57.8°! A record she kept for more than 90 years. Something to melt like snow in the sun! And yet, more than 300,000 people live there all year round.

However, Libya has a lot to offer visitors: markets, temples, dunes and deserts, archaeological sites…



Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, the Great Wall and the vast countryside, China sends back an image of mystery and the unknown. This country, as vast as 17 times the size of France, hides in its heart one of the most formidable territories: the Mountains of Fire. A well-deserved name since the temperature rose, in 2008, to 66.7°C ! 100 km long and 10 km wide, to be avoided in favor of the many marvels of China.

Saint Vincent and the Grenardines

Saint Vincent and the Grenardines

There are so many reasons to visit the Saint-Vincent-et-les-Grenardines islands that it will be very difficult to choose just one  ! An archipelago that makes you dream with its colors, tropical landscapes, white sand beaches and rainbow fish reefs. It is also in this place that Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed for the most part.

Only downside? Intense heat! Fortunately, the sea is never far away to provide welcome cooling on this one of the hottest islands in the world. One thing is certain, sweaters will not be very useful in the suitcase.


Tunisia: the hottest country in the world

This Maghreb country attracts many tourists for relaxing stays, especially in Djerba , and camel rides at the gates of the desert. If the sun is already present, it is most pleasant, especially in spring and autumn.

In the heart of Tunisia, the oldest populated city of Kebili may well surprise visitors with its impressive temperature differences. More than 20,000 people live here, leaning against the most incredible of palm groves and experiencing the heat. Kebili broke the African record in 1931 by exceeding 55°C. Also with temperatures up to 60°C in Dallol, Tunisia is unquestionably the hottest country in Africa.



At the heart of the Iranian Plateau is the great desert of Dasht-e Kavir . A territory with an arid climate, where rain is rare and temperatures regularly reach 50°C in summer. It is therefore difficult to envisage holidays in this area of ​​Iran, which thus becomes one of the hottest countries in the world , even if in January, the thermostat drops to around 20°C.



Sudan is one of the hottest and driest countries in the world… But temperatures also vary greatly from one place to another in the country. If peaks reach up to 53°C in the hottest regions, they are also around 15°C during the month of January in the Khartoum region. It is therefore better to be prepared for all eventualities during a road trip in Sudan. A unique adventure to discover a little-known culture, wild lands in the heart of the desert as along the Nile.

Desert or coastal, these hottest countries in the world hide many mysteries and thus encourage you to discover them, despite the intense heat . Fortunately, they often occur only at certain times of the year, offering plenty of time to stay there on other occasions.

What is the hottest desert in the world?

the hottest desert in the world

There are 9 deserts spread around the world which all offer very different landscapes and climates . After 7 years of studies and analyzes using satellite data, scientists were able to declare Lut as the hottest desert in the world . On numerous occasions, the global temperature rose to 70.7°C! A real furnace located in the heart of Iran.

What is the hottest country in Europe?

the hottest country in Europe

Europe has many territories where the heat rises during the summer. In Athens , Greece, for example, the heat wave is intense with temperatures exceeding 40°C for several consecutive days. Andalusia , in Spain, is also one of the hottest territories in Europe. The city of Seville reaches record temperatures of over 50°C every year. It is also one of the hottest cities in the world.

Not far behind in the ranking, the island of Malta also offers strong heat. Valletta is thus one of the hottest capitals in the world.

In France, it is Toulouse which has the highest temperatures in summer  : up to 44°C in 1923 (just behind, Sartène, in Corsica with 43.4°C in 2009).

What is the hottest country in Africa?

hottest country in africa

Undoubtedly, and against all odds, it is Tunisia that hands down the title of the hottest country in Africa . Temperatures can reach up to 60°C, even in the heart of cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants! Hard to believe that we can live under this intense heat and great drought.

However, many African countries hold temperature records . It is, in general, a continent on which the sun reigns supreme for a large part of the year while precipitation is very rare.

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