US heat wave: 5 places that make it look milder

The July heat wave shimmering across the United States is generating everything from prime-time news coverage to contests for describing just how hot it really is.

More than a third of the US is experiencing heat indexes of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. Six US cities set all-time record highs last month, with the hottest new record coming from Childress, Texas. The temp? 117 degrees. Savanna, Ga., meanwhile, experienced temps of 90-plus degrees for 56 days straight (May 20 to July 14).

But what may be a record-setting summer in America is relatively routine in other parts of the world, where many people experience months of weather like this – and not necessarily with Western comforts like air conditioning. Some are almost as hot as America’s Death Valley, which averages 115 degrees in July. Yet their inhabitants manage to survive, albeit through sweat if not tears.

Perhaps the fortitude of their global brethren will bring a breeze of hope to Americans. Here are five places with more extreme weather than the US is currently experiencing.

1.Kuwait City, Kuwait

A Kuwaiti man watches children swim at a beach in Kuwait City as temperatures soar to more than 50 degrees Celsius, in the summer of 1998, in this desert Gulf state. (AFP/Newscom/File)

Forecast high today: 117 degrees

Average high for July: 112 degrees

Average low: 87 degrees

Average relative humidity: 23 percent degrees

Record high: 124 degrees

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Ahvaz, Iran

Forecast high today: 117 degrees

Average high for July: 109 degrees

Average low: 88 degrees

Average relative humidity: 40 percent

Record high: 120 degrees


An Iraqi man jumps into the Tigris river to join other swimmers in Baghdad on July 16, 2010 as temperatures continue to rise.I (Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Newscom/File)

Forecast high today: 111 degrees

Average high for July: 111 degrees

Average high for June and August: 108 degrees

Average low: 78 degrees

Average relative humidity: 36 percent

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Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar’s capital may not be as hot as Iraq’s, but unlike many Middle Eastern climates it is extremely sticky.

Average high for July: 85 degrees

Average relative humidity: 96 percent

In comparison, the average relative humidity in July in Washington, D.C., where residents often bemoan the "sticky" heat, is 86 percent.

Vostok Station, Antarctica

On the other end of the spectrum, on July 21, 1983, the Soviet Union’s Vostok Station on Antarctica experienced a record-breaking low of -128.6 degrees.