Top 10 Driest Places in the World

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Driest Places in the World

While recently we covered an article of Top 10 Wettest Places in the world, Earth is such as mysterious planet where you can also get to witness some of the driest regions here.

These places would have received little to less rainfall per year due to their location. And here is the list of Top 10 driest places on earth which is said to have less form of living beings.

10) Aoulef, Algeria – 12.19 mm

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Dry Place – Aoulef, Algeria

One of the driest places in a dry country of Algeria is Aoulef. Temperatures swell here for year-round and it is blazingly hot in Aoulef as it is a desert region. 

The town of Aoulef has a couple of palm trees surrounding miles from the desert and is said to receive around 12.19 mm of average rainfall per year.

9) Pelican Point, Namibia – 8.13 mm

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Dry Place – Pelican Point, Namibia

The Pelican Point is a tiny jetty located in Namibia is known to be a surfers spot. It is said to receive an average of 8.13 mm of rainfall per year however it is a much-lauded surfers spot where surfers wait for a perfect wave for them to glide over.

8) Iquique, Chile – 5.08 mm

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Dry Place – Iquique, Chile

The city of Iquique lies near to the famous Atacama Desert and is known for its natural fertilizer Nitrate for which the desert is mined.

It lies on the top of Chile and has a beach which tourists visit, however it is one of the driest places on earth where it receives around 5.08 mm of average rainfall per year.

7) Wadi Halfa, Sudan – 2.45 mm

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Dry Place – Wadi Halfa, Sudan

One of the driest places in Sahara is located in the dead centre of the Sahara desert. It is known for its dry, hot winds that descend here and it has a strong influence on the weather here. Wadi Halfa is said to receive around 2.45 mm of average rainfall per year.

6) Ica, Peru – 2.29 mm

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Dry Place – Ica, Peru

The town of Ica is located near the Atacama Desert and is towards the southern side of Lima. The town is known to have dry air with less humidity that makes people with Asthma say that symptoms are much better with dry air. The town of Ica is said to receive 2.29 mm of average rainfall per year.

5) Luxor, Egypt – 0.862 mm

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Dry Place – Luxor, Egypt

Luxor is the city that is known for its ancient architecture from Egyptian civilizations and is also the place where it does not get much moisture.

Even though the place experiences cold weather, the storm from nearby deserts picks up the sands and causes a sandstorm which goes to the speed of 150 kmph and picks up any moisture from the air. Luxor is said to receive around 0.862 mm of average rainfall per year.

4) Aswan, Egypt – 0.861 mm

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Dry Place – Aswan, Egypt

Aswan is known for its dam however even with the presence of a water body near to the city, the city is known for its extreme dry weather.

Added to its location near to Tropic of Cancer, Aswan remains hot and dehydrated all year round. You get to witness wind speeds of over 161 kmph blasting through the city picking up the sands. Aswan gets an average rainfall of 0.861 mm per year.

3) Al-Kufrah, Libya – 0.861 mm

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Dry Place – Al-Kufrah, Libya

One of the driest spots in Africa and 3rd driest in the world. Al-Kufrah gets an average rainfall of 0.861 mm per year and locals depend on underground spring water which feeds people and animals. Al-Kufrah is known for its crops such as Peach, Dates, and Apricots.

2) Arica, Chile – 0.761 mm

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Dry Place – Arica, Chile

Arica is the port city in Chile that is said to be the driest city on the planet. Although with the presence of a water body, Arica does have a high level of humidity and cloud cover but with the presence of Atacama Desert nearby tries to squeeze out the moisture hence leaving the city with little rainfall.

Arica is said to receive an average rainfall of around 0.761 mm per year.

1) Dry Valleys, Antarctica – 0 mm

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Dry Place – Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Due to its location in South pole, and the temperature, Dry Valleys in Antarctica has received 0 mm of rainfall for many years.

The valleys have extremely low humidity and almost no ice or snow covers the largest ice-free region on the continent. Nearby mountains are high enough that they block seaward flowing ice from reaching the valleys.