Five of the hottest states in the USA

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America is known for going to the extremes – from epic landscapes to massive cities and huge portions of food and drink. Even the temperature in the USA is no stranger to taking things to the max.

These 5 states record some of the hottest temperatures in the USA. So, if you’re seeking the heat on your next adventure, look no further than these sweltering destinations.


1. Arizona – Record temperature: 53°C (128°F)

Arizona is H-O-T! Phoenix, the state capital averages temperatures above 37°C (100°F) throughout June, July and August. By comparison, temperatures along the rim of the Grand Canyon, in the north of the state, averages a comfortable 26°C (80°F) during the summer.

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2. California – Record temperature: 57°C (134°F)

For such a chilled-out state, California reaches some mighty high temperatures. Death Valley National Park averages 31-47°C (88-117°F) in July. And it was here, in the appropriately named, Furnace Creek Ranch, that the hottest temperature on Earth (56.7°C or 134.1°F) was recorded.

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3. Florida – Record temperature: 43°C (109°F)

From the dry heat of Arizona and California, to the tropical temperatures of Southern Florida. Miami is one of the hottest cities in the USA. This June, the temperatures in the city soared as high as 36°C (98°F), an unprecedented temperature for the time of year.

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4. Hawaii - Record temperature: 37°C (98°F)

It’s no secret that Hawaii is an island paradise. The diverse landscape, which includes rainforest, mountains and deserts, means you can find a variety of climates in America’s smallest state. However, the tropical temperatures remain consistent throughout the year, with averages of 29°C (85°F) in the summer season and 26°C (78°F) in the winter.

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5. Nevada - Record temperature: 48°C (118°F)

Park of the appeal of Las Vegas’ casinos is the air conditioning. Thanks to its location in the Mojave Desert and an average of 294 sunny days a year, temperatures in the city can reach a scorching 47°C (117°F) during the summer. Pack a fan and the sun screen!

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