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Capital Cities with the Least Precipitation

Can you guess the world capitals that have the lowest average annual precipitation?
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Last updated: January 07, 2018
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cm/yr
capital
0.64
Lima
2.47
Cairo
5.71
Abu Dhabi
7.08
Manama
7.52
Doha
9.40
Nouakchott
10.0
Muscat
cm/yr
capital
10.2
Riyadh
11.6
Kuwait City
12.1
Khartoum
12.3
Baghdad
13.1
Damascus
16.4
Djibouti
20.1
Ashgabat
cm/yr
capital
21.0
Baku
21.0
Praia
23.3
Tehran
24.5
Amman
26.5
Sana'a
26.7
Ulaanbaatar
28.2
Santiago
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level 72
Oct 19, 2017
Kinda expected more Saharan countries on there, interesting quiz
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level 60
Oct 20, 2017
Can't believe the 2 outside Africa and Asia
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level 74
Oct 20, 2017
I was completely shocked by the driest capital city. I only got it by guessing random cities. If I had done it methodically I would have guessed at least 100 cities before that one. After looking it up it seems to be a unique climate. It's extremely cloudy during the winter months with nearly complete cloud coverage all season but no rain.
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level 60
Jan 6, 2018
I guessed it simply because I thought it was in the middle of the Andes, and the one with the most on this list for kind of the same reason.
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level 69
Jan 6, 2018
I've been there while it was raining fairly hard - I didn't have any idea how rare an occasion that really was!!
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level 65
Jan 6, 2018
It's very weird. Near the equator, on the coast, and you need a sweater. Garua, I think the phenomenon is called (maybe only called that in Peru?). It lends a grey grimness to Lima most of the time.
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level 55
Jan 8, 2018
Garua is drizzle. Yeah, Lima is very humid and the climate is weird (can be cloudy and foggy in a part of the city but sunny and burning hot only 4 km away in another part of the city), but it rarely rains for real. Mostly drizzles. I live in Lima so I'm sure.
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level 66
Oct 20, 2017
A tad more leeway on the spelling would be nice. I wasn't a million miles off with one but no go.
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level 52
Oct 20, 2017
I was surprised about Baku and Praia and about there being not that many Saharan countries.
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level 71
Oct 20, 2017
Having been to Baku, I'm not suprised at all. It's pretty much in a desert.
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level 58
Oct 20, 2017
Lima? Is this accounting for El Nino because that can cause massive rains in Peru.
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level 71
Oct 20, 2017
Apparently elsewhere in Peru.
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level 65
Oct 20, 2017
Exactly, El Nino mostly affects northern Peru in terms of rainfall. Lima generally remains under the influence of the cold Humboldt ocean current, which causes the city to have a very dry and, amazingly, as idontkn1 mentions above, a very cloudy climate at the same time!
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level 55
Jan 8, 2018
Lima is actually very humid. It just doesn't rain here.
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level 76
Oct 27, 2017
Who are the near-misses? I don't ever remembering rain in Ndjamena, Chad. Mogadishu, Somalia?
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level 65
Oct 27, 2017
The nearest misses are Yerevan (29.6 cm), Kabul (31.2 cm) and Astana (32.0 cm). N'Djamena and Mogadishu get 51 cm (almost as much as Copenhagen!) and 42.9 cm of rain every year respectively, which falls mostly within a period of 2-3 months in each city. The reason they (and other capitals of Sub-Saharan Africa) seem to get less rain than they actually do is the high evaporation rate due to the extremely high temperatures!
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level 34
Jan 6, 2018
Wow Praia really? Unexpected.
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level 65
Jan 6, 2018
In my humble opinion capital cities spelling should have the same precision as country names. Where is Riyad?!
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level 66
Jan 7, 2018
If you have reached 60 on jetpunk and you don't know where Riyad is, then you must have inside connections. I could understand you demanding the spelling of Saudi Arabia's capital as مدينة الرياض but to get your knickers in a twist over something so irrelevant is silly.
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level 44
Jan 6, 2018
“Word capitals”?
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level 65
Jan 6, 2018
Oops! Thanks for noticing it! Resubmitted!
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level 74
Jan 6, 2018
I would have gotten one more if I'd remembered that Dubai is not the capital of UAE. I'm not worthy.
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level 70
Jun 26, 2018
Lots of people seem shocked by Lima and Santiago, but given that lying between them is the driest desert on Earth, they don't particularly shock me. Praia's the one that surprises me - I get that you can have a very dry climate near the coast if there are mountains or desert in the windward direction, but in Praia's case the sea is close in every direction and it sits deep in the tropics. I suppose dry winds carry over from the Sahara and don't pick up much moisture as they blow over the sea.
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