The coldest continent, which you could probably already guess, is Antarctica. In 2013, satellites around Antarctica recorded a record low of -136°F.
That temperature breaks the 30-year-old record of about -128.6°F, measured by the Vostok weather station in a nearby location. Dang, that’s cold.
The next coldest, inhabitable area is Sakha, a republic in Russia. Its population is about 1 million. The coldest city in this area is Oymyakon, which is pictured above. A weather station in Oymyakon recorded its lowest temperature at -90°F.
Other freezing cities in Sakha are Verkhoyansk, which has about the same average temperature as Oymyakon, Yakutsk, and other areas around Russia, such as Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, has often been called the world’s coldest capital city. In the West, up in Fort Good Hope, Canada, the coldest temperature ever recorded was -79°F.
Top coldest, inhabitable places (January averages):
- Oymyakon, Sakha, Russia. Average: -59°F
- Verkhoyansk, Sakha, Russia. Average: -55°F
- Yakutsk, Sakha, Russia. Average: -43°F
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Average: -26°F
- Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, Canada. Average: -23°F
What about the hottest place on the planet? It’s Death Valley. Even the name sounds menacing! The highest recorded temperature for this death trap is 134°F. Of course, it’s not humanly possible for someone to live in a place like that.
Areas around the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Kuwait also have high temperatures. The highest have been 125.6°F in Saudi Arabia, 128.8°F in Kuwait and even up to 159.3°F in Iran!
Africa is another hot continent and Algeria takes the lead with the highest average temperature there at 107°F. Las Vegas, Nevada, follows close behind with an average of 105°F.
Top hottest, inhabitable places (July averages):
- Ahvaz, Iran. Average: 115°F
- Kuwait City, Kuwait. Average: 115°F
- Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Average: 109°F
- Illizi, Algeria. Average: 107°F
- Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Average: 105°F
It’s crazy, right? It’s surprising that some of these places even exist. It’s amazing how humans can live in -50°F or 110°F weather. Our Virginian weather isn’t as bad as you may think.