The 10 hottest places on Earth: from Death Valley to Kuwait – in pictures

California has recorded one of history's highest-ever temperatures, but it's not the only place where temperatures soar

Last week, Death Valley in California recorded what is set to be one of the highest-ever temperatures recorded on Earth, 54.4°C.

If it is verified, the temperature will be the hottest temperature recorded there since 1913.

Back then, a temperature of 56.7°C was recorded at Furnace Creek, however there is debate over the validity of that recording with weather historians questioning the accuracy of old temperature records.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 17: Visitors gather for a photo in front of an unofficial thermometer at Furnace Creek Visitor Center on August 17, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Park visitors have been warned, Travel prepared to survive.   Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP
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This new temperature, however, looks like a legitimate observation. The equipment at Furnace Creek meteorological station is maintained regularly by the National Weather Service in Las Vegas and preliminary findings indicate it was in proper working condition at the time of the observation.

The World Meteorological Organisation has said they will now verify the temperature.

Average summer temperatures in this Californian valley, which is also the driest place in the United States, are around 47°C. The region has been battling a severe heatwave this year, which has caused the spike in temperature.

That said, it's far from the only place in the world where temperatures push past 50°C.

In the UAE, thermometers have surpassed that mark several times with the hottest temperature recorded being 52.1°C. That record was set in July 2002 and while it's certainly hot, it doesn't merit the UAE a place in this list of some of the hottest places on earth.

The closest contender is Kuwait's Mitribah, where a verified temperature recording of 54°C was set in 2016. Death Valley is the only place in North America on the list with Iran and Libya both ranking twice.

From Kebili in Tunisia to Ethiopia’s Dallol, here are 10 places across the world where temperatures routinely soar.

10 of the hottest places on earth

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1. Death Valley, California, USA – Temperatures hit 54.4°C in this valley last week.

2. Kebili, Tunisia – The highest temperature on record here is thought to be 55°C degrees, recorded in 1931.

3. Mitribah, Kuwait – A verified temperature recording of 54°C was set in 2016.

4. Turbat, Pakistan – Temperatures reached 53.7°C in 2017.

5. Dallol, Ethiopia – This locality has some of the world's highest average temperatures for an inhabited place.

6. Aziziyah, Libya – This town used to hold the record for being one of earth's hottest places. Meteorologists dispute this, but the Libyan town continues to hit peak temperatures, which are regularly above 48°C in the summer.

7. Wadi Halfa, Sudan – June is the hottest month here.

8. Dasht-e Lut, Iran - Uninhabited and one of the hottest places on the planet.

9. Bandar-e Mahshahr, Khuzestan, Iran – Thought to be the site of the world's second highest-ever recorded heat index.

10. Ghadames, Libya – A temperature of 55°C was recorded here, although the finding is not verified.