UPDATE 11:39am, 9/14: The World Meteorological Organization has officially recognized Death Valley as the world's hottest place on earth, one day after the anniversary of world's hottest temperature was recorded in El Azizia, Libya, the AP reports.

This Day In History, September 13, 1922: El Azizia, Libya reached a world record-breaking temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

Man, that's hot.

Heat may be a welcome sensation to anyone in the northern hemisphere who is dreading the impending autumn. But, there are some places where the temperature gets too extreme to bear.

According to the Discovery Channel, though, the notion of the "hottest" place is difficult to pinpoint. "The Earth’s hot deserts — such as the Sahara, the Gobi, the Sonoran and the Lut — are climatically harsh and so remote that access for routine measurements and maintenance of a weather station is impractical," David Mildrexler, a researcher, told Discovery. "The majority of Earth's hottest spots are simply not being directly measured by ground-based instruments."

And, to be fair, Death Valley vies with El Aziza for the hottest title, as the record keeping may have been botched. The Guardian reports that Death Valley has officially taken the title of the hottest place. We remain skeptical.

Good news is, though, that there's no set maximum temperature that humans can withstand, according to Foreign Policy. Rather it's all about the humidity.

So, herewith, ten of the world's hottest -- and hopefully driest -- places.

Has anyone braved any of the world's hottest locales? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Dallol, Ethiopia

    Dallol is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremes_on_Earth#Coldest_and_hottest_inhabited_places_on_Earth" target="_hplink">known as the hottest inhabited place on earth</a>, where the average daily maximum temperature is upwards of 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Wadi Halfa, Sudan

    This city on the border with Egypt <a href="http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/1534-9-hottest-places-earth.html" target="_hplink">has hit 127 degrees Fahrenheit</a>.

  • Death Valley, California

    This California desert has seen <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-11/world/world_hottest-places-on-earth_1_el-azizia-death-valley-record-highs" target="_hplink">temperatures of 134 degrees Fahrenheit</a>. Update: As of September 14, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120914/us-world-s-hottest-spot/" target="_hplink">The World Meteorological Organization has officially recognized Death Valley as the world's hottest place on earth</a> at 136 degrees.

  • Lut Desert, Iran

    Temperatures of 159.3 degrees have been recorded in this Iranian desert. <a href="http://news.discovery.com/earth/hottest-spot-on-earth-120416.html" target="_hplink">Discovery explains why this didn't topple El Aziza'a record</a>.

  • Tirat Tsvi, Israel

    This Israeli town, <a href="http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/1534-9-hottest-places-earth.html" target="_hplink">called the hottest place in Asia</a>, has seen the mercury-busting temperature of 129 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Timbuktu, Mali

    Timbuktu has seen the <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-11/world/world_hottest-places-on-earth_1_el-azizia-death-valley-record-highs" target="_hplink">sweltering temperature of 130 degrees</a>.

  • Queensland, Australia

    Steer clear of the Australian state of Queensland if it's going to be <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/05/the_10_hottest_places_on_earth#1" target="_hplink">156 degrees Fahrenheit </a>out there. <em>Correction: For those confused by how Queensland and the Lut Desert aren't officially hotter than Death Valley, Discovery <a href="http://news.discovery.com/earth/hottest-spot-on-earth-120416.html" target="_hplink">explains that here</a>. It's due to the fact that "the majority of Earth's hottest spots are simply not being directly measured by ground-based instruments,"</em> rather satellites are used.

  • Turfan, China

    This area in the northwest part of China's Xinjiang province <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/some-of-the-hottest-places-on-earth/2012/07/06/gJQAWMY4SW_gallery.html#photo=2" target="_hplink">can see temperatures of 122 degrees Fahrenheit</a>.

  • Kebili, Tunisia

    Temperatures <a href="http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/1534-9-hottest-places-earth.html" target="_hplink">can hit 131 degrees Fahrenheit</a> in Kebili.

  • Ghadames, Libya

    In Ghadames, <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-11/world/world_hottest-places-on-earth_1_el-azizia-death-valley-record-highs" target="_hplink">the temperature can soar to 131 degrees Fahrenheit</a>.

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