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Hottest Capital Cities

Name the 30 capital cities with the the highest average high temperatures.
According to Wikipedia with weather.com and holiday-weather.com as backup sources
Quiz by kalbahamut
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Last updated: November 14, 2018
First submittedDecember 10, 2013
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°C
°F
Answer
37.0
98.6
Khartoum
36.2
97.2
Niamey
35.8
96.4
N'Djamena
35.0
95.0
Bamako
34.9
94.8
Ouagadougou
34.5
94.1
Juba
34.5
94.0
Abu Dhabi
34.3
93.7
Kuwait City
33.9
93.0
Djibouti
33.8
92.8
Panama City
°C
°F
Answer
33.3
92.0
Muscat
33.3
91.9
Riyadh
33.3
91.9
Bangkok
33.0
91.5
Abuja
32.9
91.2
Phnom Penh
32.8
91.2
Port-au-Prince
32.7
90.9
Doha
32.5
90.5
Naypyidaw
32.4
90.4
Nouakchott
32.4
90.3
Kuala Lumpur
°C
°F
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32.0
89.6
Banjul
31.9
89.4
Conakry
31.8
89.2
Bandar Seri Begawan
31.8
89.2
Managua
31.6
89.0
Bangui
31.5
88.7
Bissau
31.4
88.6
South Tarawa
31.4
88.5
New Delhi
31.4
88.5
Kingston
31.3
88.3
Port Moresby
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level 77
Dec 10, 2013
I realize that Rangoon and Naypyidaw are different places... was just trying to cut you guys some slack.

To make this quiz I tried finding a comprehensive list of capital cities ordered by average temperature or average highs, but could find none. So I had to actually look it up for every individual city. It's quite possible I missed something or made a mistake so feel free to point it out if you find any.
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level 66
Nov 12, 2014
Niamey might be a good addition?
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level 77
Nov 12, 2014
Niamey's on the quiz already. It's #2!! Look.
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level 32
Dec 12, 2013
So far the only problem is me trying to figure out how hot the sub-saharan countries are. Great quiz!
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level 77
Dec 13, 2013
I think I looked up all of them. At one point this was a top-50 or top-70 cities quiz.. I was trying to keep on at least one of the three capitals of South Africa, but I kept finding new cities that were hotter including most of the tiny Pacific island nation capitals that nobody knows, which tend to hover around 30 degrees Celsius.. so I just reduced it to top 30 which required deleting most of the SubSaharan ones. Thanks for double-checking. ;-)
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level 34
Dec 15, 2013
Could you accept more spellings/variations on cities? I kept typing abu dabhi... :)
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level 77
Dec 15, 2013
Yes, I could. Any others you had difficulty with?
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level 45
Mar 8, 2014
Great quiz! I have to work on the African capitals more.. I really am mad for missing Laos. I tried every other neighbouring country.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2014
Some other quizzes for you JetPunk junkies to enjoy:

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level 77
Mar 28, 2014
This one is new and I think it's fun, especially if you like Capital city geography.

Adjacent Capital Pair Superlatives
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level 78
Apr 10, 2014
No South America ? This is incredible.
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level 77
Apr 11, 2014
The South American capitals that are close to the tropics (Quito, La Paz) tend to be up in the mountains. The high elevations mitigates the high temperatures from surrounding areas. Others like Buenos Aires are too far south. Paramaribo comes very close with an average annual high of 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit), just a tenth of a degree Celsius off of Vientiane.
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level 78
Oct 16, 2014
I took it a second time and was one again a bit owned, though my 19/30 still beats 94% of takers... hard, deceitful and thus nice quiz ;). That's right, many south american capitals, as well as some african ones are set in altitude (which is finally logical since it's easier to live up there where it's cool...). And what about Baghdad and some other middle east capitals? I thought they would be hot too.
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level 77
Oct 16, 2014
Baghdad is excruciatingly hot in the summer... but being in the middle of the desert means large rapid temperature fluctuations. The winters can be quite cold, and this lowers the year-round average.
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level 77
Oct 16, 2014
If I had used a different standard for "hottest"... for example... the highest temperature each city sees in an entire year (on average), rather than the average high over the whole year, then some cities like Baghdad and Manama would have no doubt made it on while some other humid cities near the tropics with more steady temperatures would have fallen off.
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level 59
May 21, 2014
surely 'Delhi' should be acceptable for 'New Delhi'
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level 77
May 22, 2014
And surely it is. I always accept Delhi for New Delhi on my quizzes. I've been there. It's the same place.
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level 82
Jun 10, 2014
I failed to get the right placement of Hs and Os vs Us in Kharthoum :)
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level 76
Jul 7, 2014
I was surprised that Port-au-prince was here but Santo Domingo was not. As they say in real estate, "Location, location, location."
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level 77
Jul 7, 2014
Santo Domingo's year round average high is 30.4 degrees. According to Wikipedia, heat and humidity are both mitigated by tropical trade winds, which I guess Port-au-Prince is more shielded from given the geography of Hispaniola.
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level 47
Jul 13, 2014
Great quiz! Got only 18.
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level 32
Jul 15, 2014
Cool! I got 11; I'm still learning the African capitals.
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level 19
Jul 16, 2014
Brasilia capital of Brazil temperature is 31.2 degrees Celsius.
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level 77
Jul 16, 2014
Where are you getting that from? The climate of Brasilia is much more mild than that. 31.2 is close to an all-time record high for them, and at any rate certainly much higher than the average annual daily high of 26.6 the is recorded on Wikipedia.
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
Another great quiz sir. You're teaching us to see the same old world in a brand new light, and I really dig that.
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level 77
Aug 1, 2014
Thank you. I'm happy you seem to be enjoying all of my quizzes so much.
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level 39
Nov 1, 2014
wow, Kuwait City, Doha, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi but not Manama. That's interesting. Personally I felt like Manama was way hotter than all of these but statistics probably don't lie.
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level 77
Nov 2, 2014
The temperature in manama is more stable and somewhat mitigated by being surrounded by sea on all sides. In the winter it often is hotter than Riyadh. In the summer it's definitely not... but sometimes can feel that way due to extreme humidity.
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level 35
Jan 18, 2016
Too HARD!
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level 17
Apr 22, 2016
Dubai should be on there
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level 77
Apr 22, 2016
Write to the government in Abu Dhabi, get them to agree to shift the capital to Dubai, and I'll update the quiz.
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level 70
Apr 5, 2017
That's just ruthless.
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level 20
Jun 8, 2016
Great quiz. This might be some stupid questions but I'm just a kid, is Juba the capital of South Sudan? Phnom Penh not on it and Vientiane is, is Phnom Penh not far off from Vientiane?
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level 77
Jun 8, 2016
It might seem small on a globe but it is a whole other country... on the other hand, I just checked and the information I find now conflicts with what I saw before. On Wikipedia the average annual high for Phnom Penh is 32.9 C, which would not only put it in the top 30 but actually the top 15.

If Quizmaster ever decides to feature this one again maybe we can update it. If not it's probably not worth upsetting everyone's points to put in the correction. And as this data was from 3 years ago... it's possible that there have been many changes. I'd have to go through the whole list of countries again and double check everything.
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level 59
Jun 14, 2016
25/30. Missed Ouagadougou (Didn't allow the common abbrev. Ouaga here), Abu Dhabi, Kingston, Port-au-Prince, and Managua.I'm surprised cities like Tunis, Manama and Baghdad didn't appear.
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level 29
Jul 22, 2016
I was surprised Dakar is not here. Any theories, why it is colder than others around?
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level 77
Jul 22, 2016
It's at the end of a peninsula that juts out into the sea, almost completely surrounded by water. Being surrounded by water usually mitigates high temperatures even while it adds to humidity. That's my best uneducated guess.
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level 33
Jul 26, 2016
I typed in Ouaga expecting it to work as it does in the world capitals list. To be fair, I probably could have had a go at spelling it but figured it must not be on there, because it wasn't accepted Any chance of fixing?
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level 58
Jul 28, 2016
I am very proud of my 25/30, but what made me the happiest was that I spelled N'Djamena, Ouagadougou, and Naypyidaw right on my first try.
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level 69
Aug 24, 2016
Basically just list the capitals of Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and you'll get the bulk of the top part of the list and then just list tropical capitals more or less at random.
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level 27
Oct 13, 2016
it is hot here in the Philippines ( and getting hotter ) but it's so cold in the ber months XD due to climate change. besides we have air conditioning here......
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level 68
Oct 17, 2016
Six I missed through spelling
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level 51
Dec 15, 2016
got 20/20 on coldest capitals and here 12/30.. do not understand what has happened :D
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level 71
Mar 11, 2017
Might consider another spelling or two for Burkina Faso's capital which I spelled Ougadougou. Good quiz!
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level 21
Jun 8, 2017
what about cairo
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level 84
Aug 3, 2017
I agree. It looks like Cairo has 5 months with average high above 30F. At least one of those should beat out 31.3F which is the lowest one of the answers as I type this.
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level 77
Aug 3, 2017
This isn't about one month. You didn't understand the quiz description.
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level 77
Aug 3, 2017
Take the daily high temperature for every day out of the year, average them all together, that's the average high temperature. Select the 30 biggest numbers; those are the highest average highs.
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level 76
Dec 26, 2017
I thought Cairo would make the list cause the temperature gets pretty high during the summer and stays mostly high during the year, but maybe the lower temperatures during December and January bring the average down
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level 66
Aug 16, 2018
I was surprisingly terrible at this. The coldest capitals were so much easier. There were just so many possibilities for hot capitals, I suppose.
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level 77
Aug 16, 2018
The coldest ones are all northern countries, mostly in Europe which people on this site seem to know about. The hottest ones are clustered around the equator- lots of African cities that visitors to this site don't care about as much.
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level 69
Jun 18, 2019
This was incredibly hard.