How Hot Can It Get in the Sahara Desert During the Summer?

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The temperature in the Sahara Desert during the daytime in summer commonly exceeds 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest temperature ever recorded was 136 degrees Fahrenheit in 1922.

The Sahara Desert, located in North Africa, marks itself as the largest desert in the world by covering more than 3.5 million square miles. Many countries bordering the Sahara experience extreme heat during the summer because of the arid vastness of the Sahara. It can also turn bitterly cold at night.

The Sahara Desert is a dry, sandy and arid wasteland. The highest point of the Sahara is Mount Koussi, which is more than 11,000 feet above sea level. At its lowest point, in Egypt, the Sahara is more than 400 feet below sea level.