The Sunniest Cities In The World

A characteristically sunny day at St. Thomas Mission in Yuma, Arizona.
A characteristically sunny day at St. Thomas Mission in Yuma, Arizona.

5. Dongola, Sudan

Dongola, the capital of Sudan’s state of Northern Sudan, is one of the sunniest cities in the world, receiving around 3,814 hours of sunshine on an average per year. The city experiences a hot desert climate with average temperatures in June being as high as 43° Celsius. Average temperatures during the winter season is around 18.2° Celsius. Precipitation is also sparse in this desert habitat of Dongola. The city, being located on the banks of the Nile, hosts a number of tourist attractions like the palm groves, the Temple of Kawa, and the Nile waterfront.

4. Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Las Vegas, the most populated city in the U.S. State of Nevada, is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. The city offers a number of entertainment activities to its tourists like gambling, nightlife, shopping, and dining, as well as plenty of sun-drenched days. The city experiences over 3,825 hours of sunshine on an average each year. Skyrocketing temperatures in Las Vegas also make summers here quite hot. Average temperatures during the hottest month of July in this city is around 33.6° Celsius while the average temperature during the coolest month of December is around 8.7° Celsius. The city is also extremely dry with an average annual rainfall of around 110 millimeters.

3. Aswan, Egypt

Aswan in Egypt is well-known for its busy markets and tourist attractions. The city is located north of the Aswan dams on the eastern bank of the Nile River. Like the rest of Egypt, the city experiences a hot desert climate and is one of the sunniest cities in the world. The city receives nearly 3,863 hours of sunshine on an average every year. The average high-temperature soars as much as 40° Celsius during summer and summer days are thus unbearably hot and sunny. Winters in Aswan are also sunny and temperatures drop only slightly, just comfortable enough for touring the city. The climate here is also extremely dry with less than 1 millimeters of average annual precipitation.

2. Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Phoenix, also known as the “Valley of the Sun” is the largest city and capital of the U.S. State of Arizona. The climate of the city is extremely harsh with scorching hot summers and short, mild winters. The city also receives an average of 3,872 hours of sunshine per year. Despite its extreme weather conditions, Phoenix is the 6th most populous city in U.S.A. and hosts a population of about 1,445,632 people. The city experiences more summer days with temperatures exceeding 38° Celsius than any other city in the country. Rainfall in Phoenix is also scanty with July being the wettest month of the year.

1. Yuma, Arizona, U.S.

The city of Yuma, Arizona, receives a total of 4,015 hours of sunlight every year, making it the sunniest place on Earth. A city in Yuma County of Arizona, located at a distance of only 30 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, Yuma also experiences a hot desert climate with an annual average of 4,015 hours of sunlight, accounting for nearly 90% of the daylight hours. July is the hottest month here with average temperatures being as high as 42° Celsius. Yuma is also the driest city in the country. Despite its extreme climate, the city is occupied by 203,247 residents and serves as the winter home of many retired citizens of the country. Being located near the Kofa Mountain Range and wildlife refuge, there are plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed at the city during the winter season.


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