The hottest cities in the world - Shahdad

Shahdad Desert is the warmest place in the world, where survival is impossible for any livings and where you can fry an egg in the sun and boil water in less than half an hour without fire.

Shahdad Desert
Shahdad Desert is the warmest place in the world, where survival is impossible for any livings and where you can fry an egg in the sun and boil water in less than half an hour without fire.

You cannot live in Shahdad, but there are other hot cities are in which living is very difficult. Some of these cities, the coolest temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius and in some, it is accompanied by high humidity, just like a sauna. Ahwaz, Iran is counted as one of these warm cities.

Timbuktu – Mali
In Timbuktu there exists nothing but sand. This historical city with a population of over 40 thousand people has now been invaded by sand and heat. The city's average temperature is 41.6 ° C in June and 54.5 ° C. is the maximum temperature which has break a record. This city is not safe from the heat even in the winter as the people experience the weather of 32.2° C.

Ilizi - Algeria

"Ilizi" is also among the cities that no one likes to live in. However, the population of this city is about 17 thousand and it grows by 5.5 percent annually. On August 18, 2011 the city's residents experienced the temperature of 51-degrees. So no wonder the average temperature in this city is 41 ° C in June and July. The coolest temperature was 40° C which dates back to June 4, 1997.

Dallol - Ethiopia

The highest temperature ever recorded in this East African country was 48.9 ° C. It is called the "Hot City" because of this record and also the highest temperature of 34.1 ° C from 1960 to 1966. It is also highly humid. Despite having a desert climate, humidity never goes below 60%.

Kuwait - Kuwait

The weather of this wealthy city is not tolerable at all most of the days of a year. This city of two million people is located on the Persian Gulf coast and is one of the hottest cities in the world.
Northwest winds known as the north wind causes summer sand storms and rising the temperature to 46.8 ° C in July.
 Kuwait has rainy weather in just 22 days in a year and the highest temperature recorded was 51.1 ° C.

Ahwaz - Iran

Ahwaz was dubbed the world's most polluted air by the World Health Organization in 2011. Air pollution along with the heat makes it quite intolerable for its 1.5 million residents.

Long hot summers and short not so cool winters, make the city one of the hottest cities in the world. Average maximum summer temperature is 46.8 ° C but sometimes it goes up to 50 ° C. Of course dusty winds make the problem even worse.

Mecca - Saudi Arabia
Mecca city that welcomes millions of pilgrims from around the world is located in the heart of the Arabian Desert. Most days of June, the city's temperature reaches 43 ° C. Fortunately, the city has dry climate rather than humid.  

The highest temperature ever recorded in this city is 50 ° C. On the fifth of June 2012, while the temperature was 43 ° C, Mecca experienced a heavy rain.

Bangkok - Thailand

Thailand has three seasons, hot, rainy and cool. But it is usually hot as the coolest December in Bangkok was 37.1 ° C. So no wonder the average temperature is 40 ° C from June to August in this city.
But what makes the situation intolerable is the night temperature. In April, the minimum temperature recorded is 26.9 ° C. What needs to be mentioned is the extreme humidity of Mecca.

Morocco - Morocco

Morocco, located in North Africa, has semi-arid climate. The hottest temperature, 49.6° C, was reported in July 27, 2012. Moreover, the average maximum temperature in July is 37.2° C.

 Regardless of this hot weather, hot mint tea and "couscous" (grits cooked with lettuce and lemon juice and sometimes meat), are among the popular drinks and food in this city.

Las Vegas - Nevada (America)
With several air conditioners the heat is bearable in the hot months. This city is situated in the "Mojave Desert" and has arid subtropical climate.
Daily average temperature is 33.6° C in July. In more than 130 days in a year, the temperature is over 32.2 ° C. Overall, the average maximum temperature of this city is 35 ° C.

Jizan - Saudi Arabia

The Port city "Jizan" is situated in in the southwest oil-rich country of Saudi Arabia, above Yemen. The city population of 1.5 million experience desert climate with a mean temperature of 30° C.
In June, the average maximum temperature reaches to 37.9° C. The highest temperature was reported to be on July 10, 2002 AD, which was 49 ° C.



The most amazing villages for spring trips in Iran
You can choose to go to a village in which people live traditionally without using modern devices or you can choose to visit a place in which people still live in houses built in the rocks.
 A dreamy place
This place is called Sobatan (So + Batan) as in Turkish language "so" means water and "batan" means to penetrate because water can easily penetrate in the soil in this area. This village is located within 30 km to Talesh and it is considered as the Lisar yeylagh.
Sobatan is a touristic place for it has amazing weather and beautiful nature. It is a village with a huge valley surrounded by mountains. Around the sunset, it becomes foggy and that's what makes tourists say it is the Iranian Alps.
In this village life goes on in the first 6 months of a year, after that the weather gets cold and people move to warmer places. In fact, only eight families live there permanently.
One of its outstanding attractions is a 50 meter waterfall which is always flowing. There is also a cave with a large opening but after 6 meters it becomes too low to walk in and one has to crawl. No one has ever gone to the end of this cave.
Another attraction is the "Free Fall Valley". There is flat ground with a straight wall next to a 1km deep valley. In the spring this place is filled with thousands of wild anemones which make it a wonderful place to visit.
Just breathe
It is said that this village has the purest air to breathe. "Silvana" is a village between 2 valleys located within 30 km from Urmia. Walnut, apple, and other trees have made it an outstanding place. Banar and Melian green valleys, and many springs are among other natural sceneries which make this village beautiful and pleasant.
"Sooledokol" waterfall is a 40 meter waterfall in this region which has a unique beauty. There are also pharmaceutical (herbs) and industrial plants such as vetch, borage, licorice, and oregano.
The houses in this village are built upon each other, where somebody's roof is another family's yard.  
Colored pencils
In a village called "Dare Poraab" in Ilam, there is a region named "Tang-e Arghavan" which is known as colored pencils among the tourists because of the redbuds. These flowers are bright red when the sun shines on them and they become purple before the sunset. The colors are fascinating in the spring.

Meymand is a village within 40 km from Kerman. Archeologists believe that people made their houses in the rocks by the tools they themselves had made to be safe from their enemies.
They have carved out their houses in the mountains which includes 400 rooms. These rooms are called "Kicheh" in their regional dialect. They are 2 meters high and about 16-20 square meters each. Families used one room for storing hay, one for living and one for their son in law. People of Meymand believed that their son in laws should live alone by themselves and sometimes take their wives to that house.
In the middle of their houses families had a fire place because they used to Zarathustra as their religion and thus they respected fire a lot. Now you can see the trace of the smoke of the fire in the ceilings of those houses. The interesting thing about it is that the carbon from the smoke, used to help their houses to be stronger and safer. Moreover, they had two holes on the east and west side of their ceilings to help them know the time.
Nowadays people still wear their traditional clothes and speak in Pahlavi dialect which dates back to the language during Sasani dynasty. Do not miss this trip if you are interested to know these people better.
There is a village, Kandovan, 50 km from Tabriz which looks like a hive or sugarloaf. These houses are built among the rocks and there are about 500 to 600 of them each having 3 to 5 floors. Each floor has its own private door and they are connected through sloping passages.
The ground floor is used to keep the animals and last floor is used as storeroom and the rest is for living. Archeologists say that people moved to and constructed this village about 1600 years ago. These houses are really resistant and they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
What is interesting is that they still live traditionally without gas, electricity and tap water. As the rocks are made of lime, gas might damage their houses so they prefer to use petroleum to cook and get warm.
The villagers are mostly farmers and stockmen and some do artistic work like faience and carving.
It is said that the water in this village is good for the people with kidney stone. In the past people used to go there for their diseases.
Recently an amazing hotel with 15 rooms has been built in this region for the visitors.