No one will argue with you if you claim that Houston is one of the most miserable places to be in the summer. It is. It's hot. It's humid. The mosquitoes fly off with small children. And, of course, there is always the threat of a hurricane. But is it the worst place in the world when it comes to summer weather? Not even close. In fact, it's not even the worst place in the U.S.
Don't believe us? Check out this hideous summer weather spots.
10. Miami, Florida
Frankly, summers in Miami aren't all that different from Houston in terms of basic climate, but while we do get the occasional afternoon rain shower, they get rain pretty much every damn day. Add to that the fact that they sit on the tip of a peninsula like sitting ducks for Atlantic hurricanes and their only redeeming summer quality might be Cuban food.
9. Dallas, Texas
We like to pick on our northern neighbors, but have you ever been to Dallas in the middle of summer. The heat is oppressive and they don't have the air conditioned connectedness of Houston.
8. Penghu Islands, Taiwan
One of the most beautiful spots in Asia is also one of the most dangerous. The winter brings howling monsoon winds for six months out of the year, but the summer is nearly as bad with heat indexes into the low 100s virtually every day thanks to high heat and humidity. Worse yet, they are often in the path of typhoons, which are like Atlantic hurricanes on steroids
7. Phoenix, Arizona
With all due respect to our sister publication which included Houston on their list of places more miserable than Phoenix in the summer, you guys live in a freaking desert. End of story.
6. Luxor, Egypt
Speaking of deserts, Luxor, home to the Valley of the Kings, sits on the edge of the Sahara Desert. In the summer, highs routinely get into the low 100s with night winds that blow off the desert and feel like an oven. But we were there once when the temperature broke 125 and we can tell you firsthand that whole "oh but it's a dry heat" argument is utter garbage.
5. Death Valley, California
The hottest place in America is naturally one of the country's most brutal places to be in the summer. We are pretty sure the term "scorched earth" was invented there.
4. Bankok, Thailand
In addition to the kind of heat and humidity that makes Houston seem like Denver, their summers include frequent sudden flash flooding thanks to downpours during the rainy season.
3. Mawsynram, Meghalaya State, India
And if you like downpours, this is your summertime paradise. The world's wettest locale, Mawsynram gets nearly 470 inches of rain each year and averages 120 inches in July alone. They get nearly three times as much rain in a single month as Houston gets in an entire year!
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2. Timbuktu, Mali
If you can survive the prolonged violence that has plagued this African nation for decades, you might be able to withstand the heat. One of the most consistently hot and arid climates on earth, temperatures average well over 100 degrees in the summer and routinely top 120, even 130.
1. Anywhere in Antarctica
We sometimes forget, living in the Northern Hemisphere, that it is winter south of the equator. But, seriously, is there any good reason to spend time in Antarctica other than for scientific research? If you aren't convinced, consider that the AVERAGE HIGH between July and August is 76 degrees below zero. Good luck with that.