• Question: where is the hottest place in the world???

    Asked by kay99 to Gill on 12 Mar 2012.
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      Gill Menzies answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      Officially, I think a place called Al Azizyah in Libya, where the hottest temperature recorded was 57.8°C, followed by Death Valley (appropriately named) in California where temperatures reached 56.7°C in 1913. According to other reports NASA recorded an incredible 71°C in the Lut desert of Iran. You also need to consider humidity. A sauna can be as hot as 200°C, but the air is only about 10% humidity. This means that it actually feels comfortable for short periods of time. But if the air was at 90% humidity, then the safe temperature is more like 110°C for short periods.