World’s Coldest City
Yakutsk, located in Russia’s Sakha Republic, has a the coldest temperature ever recorded being -64.4º C. Vehicle exhaust, factory smog and even the breath of residents creates an haze that cloaks the city throughout the season.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
World’s Hottest City
Kuwait City has a metropolitan population of 2.4 million residents. The city has an averaging highs between 45-47º C with the months of June, July and August. The highest temperature ever recorded in Asia at 53.8º C. Unrelenting heat of the degree can be deadly. The government imposes an outdoor work ban from 11am to 4pm through June to August.
World’s Driest City
Aswan is the world’s driest city with less than a millimeter of rainfall annually. Despite a dearth of precipitation, there is access to water. Aswan is located on the Nile and just south of the city lies the world’s largest rock-filled dam (High Dam) which creates one of the world’s largest man- made bodies of water, Lake Nasser. The city’s name reeks of irony, as “Aswan” is an old Nubian word which translates “too much water”. It was named due to the flood cycle of the Nile River.
World’s Wettest City
More than twenty feet of rain (6,275.6 mm) falls annually on Colombia’s largest port city of Buenaventura. Buildings located away from the bay, around the city’s undulating hills, are an array of weather worn concrete, corrugated steel roofs and awnings, and the occasional crumbling wooden facade, rotted through due to non-stop rain and consistent moisture in the air.
Wellington, New Zealand
World’s Windiest City
At 29km/h, “Windy Wellington” has average wind-speeds 11km/h higher than America’s better known “Windy City,” Chicago. Wellington is located in the “Roaring Forties” or the “River of Wind,” a meteorological phenomenon which occurs between 40 and 50 latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere.
El Alto, Bolivia
World’s Highest City
Located 4,150 meters above sea level, the city of El Alto is located in the Bolivia. It is now the second largest and fastest growing city in Bolivia with 1.18 million residents. It owns the world’s largest urban cable car that offering commuters a faster alternative to the hour-long, 5 km drive down the treacherous canyon slope.
World’s Least Accessible City
The only way to get to the Peruvian ‘Capital of the Amazon’ is by boat or plane. Small ships can reach the city from the Atlantic Ocean, some 3,600 km of travel up the Amazon River. The city is so remote, very few cars have been transported here, so the city relies on buses, and smaller, motorized rickshaws for transportation. If you’re one of the few who gain access to the remote jungle berg, at an Iquitos market you can buy snake oil and live spider monkeys.