With floods and record rainfalls throughout the world in the past few years, thanks to El Nino, it seems like everyone has been talking about the wettest places on earth, but what about the driest? There are numerous places all over our world that receive less than an inch of rainfall annually and even some that haven’t seen rain in years. Whether you want to explore these because you are an adventurer or just want to read about them, here are the nine driest places on the planet.
9. Aoulef, Algeria
This small town located in the country of Algeria and is covered all around with miles of desert. The hot winds from the surrounding deserts make it the hottest and driest place in the country. Receiving less than 12.19mm of rain per year, it is hard to get any relief from the scorching heat.
Thank goodness this town is home to palm trees that provide refuge from the desert heat. Daily average temperatures during the long summers are about 50 degrees Celsius and the sky is nearly always clear throughout the year.