We've traveled to a lot of hot places but two leap to mind. When we were in the Australian outback it was 44C or 111F. That was hot! We felt like a baked potato.
When we were in Malaysia at Taman Nagara we went for a vertical hike in the heat and humidity. I'm not sure the temperature that day but there was a scale in our room we both weighed before our hike. We were dripping for hours as we hiked. The view at the top was worth it. The humidity seemed 100%. After the hike we had lost 9 lbs. -- water weight yes but a loss no less. That was a hot day.
110 degrees F, in Death Valley. The heat caused heat exhaustion, a very common occurrence in the area. I wrote a blog about it: Death Valley Tries to Kill Me
55 on a long ago trip to Morocco when we headed into the Sahara, it was unbearable to move.
A close second was the Valley of the Kings (can't remember the exact temperature but around the late 40's) it hurt your eyes to look at the sand and bottles of water were scalding hot within ten minutes of getting them out a a freezer box....worth it though
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Sounds like you can relate to those scenes in movies where they are trekking across a hot desert in search of water.
In june 1994 between school and military service I was in Egypt and it was very hot. From there I travelled to Isreal in the same month and it was much cooler.
In july 1995 between military service and university I was in Southern China. Again very hot. I bought a small towel and used it as sweat towel every 5 minutes. From there I continued to South Korea and Japan and again these countries were cooler.
When I was in Marocco 2012 (october/november) or my second trip to China 2004 (april) or my Australia trip 2002 (july) or my Indian journey 2001 (october) I was smarter and made them during cooler months.
This is especially important as I don't lie on the beach but make cultural visits with walking a few kilometers through towns and cities every day.
Last July we drove to California through Utah and Nevada. Just south of Las Vegas our car thermometer recorded 118 F. I couldn't believe it so opened the car window. It was worse than opening an oven!
Three come to mind
Yerevan in Armenia looking for rugs in an open market with Denise and Dave & Merry Jo Binkley, I found the rug of my dreams but was so hot I could not complete the purchase for need of water. Had the chance to return to the rug market at the end of the trip but fear of the heat overcame my rug obsession. Regretting it ever since, but excessive heat can do that.
In Tajikistan also with Denise and Dave & Merry Jo Binkley, we nearly lost Denise from heat exhaustion in Khorag. Denise was not well from a meal in Dushanbe, but nausea & excessive heat can do that.
The clincher has to be at Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road near the Twelve Apostles in Sthn Australia when the kids were small. 105F so we had to brave a swim in the icy Southern Ocean's freezing water from Antarctica...5 secs above the water, 5 secs under water, 5 secs above water for instant drying, 5 secs under again...over and over. Gave a new definition of having a dip...more 'shock' followed by 'shock' than 'refreshing'.