Sunburn is one of the worst consequences of either living somewhere hot or going somewhere hot on vacation. However, we can't always blame the weather. Sometimes it comes down to human error. Regardless of whether or not you fall into that category, there's no way of denying that sunburn is incredibly frustrating.
These 10 countries, in their own right, are all very hot and frankly quite sticky. If you head to one of these destinations then make sure you top up on the sunscreen, because if you don't, then you could find yourself in a spot of bother.
Of course, it's not only super, super hot countries that leave you vulnerable to sunburn. They're a great place to start, though. If you look at it purely from the perspective of the heat itself, you’ll soon learn why Libya is considered to be one of the hottest places in the world.
It tends to average out at 85 to 90 degrees on a cool day, and then when things really start cooking, it hits 100 degrees with relative ease. Needless to say, these aren't the sorts of temperatures to take lightly.
Spain is well known for being one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe, and potentially even the world. It’s the common holiday spot that a lot of folks look to as being quite warm and fun, but in reality, it can get very hot indeed down there.
They are currently averaging out at between 95 and 100 degrees every single day, and that’s in places by the coast. When it comes to going further inland, it can get super, super dry, to the point where you’d better be taking a big bottle of water around with you every day.
Things are actually a little bit cooler at the moment over in Ethiopia, at around the 70 degrees park, but the big issue is that you never really know what to expect from one day to the next. Even when there’s a thunderstorm brewing the sun could still be poking its head through, and if that’s the case, you could get a sunburn without even realizing it.
When it’s hot you can also be fooled into thinking that you don’t need to put any kind of protection on, either, which is the most ridiculous thought process you could have. In Ethiopia, sunburn can turn into sunstroke pretty quickly.
Get ready for temperatures upwards of 80 to 90 degrees wherever you go, because cool destinations are incredibly hard to come by in India. Even when there are light showers it can feel like the raindrops are on fire, and that’s no exaggeration.
Travelers often feel more inclined to just stay indoors altogether, predominantly due to the actual humidity which is on display there. It’s just too much to handle for a lot of people, to the point where it makes breathing consistently a little bit difficult – and that’s no joke.
6 Burkina Faso
With what is considered to be the highest average surface temperature in the world all year round, Burkina Faso’s appearance on this list will come as no surprise to most. They top out at around 90 to 100 degrees pretty consistently, to the point where the sun is just relentless.
There’s non-stop heat coming down on you most of the time over there, and that puts a lot of people more at risk of sustaining issues from the sun exposure. Don’t fall into that category.
Whether it be Mexico City or Cancun, you aren’t going to struggle to find the heat down in Mexico. The average figures tend to linger around 90 degrees pretty consistently, but because it’s a party destination, a lot of people don’t go out of their way to top up on sun protection as they should.
We don’t want to sound like your parents or anything like that, but it just seems like common sense at this point to make sure you are protected when you’re going somewhere as hot as this. The sun doesn’t mess around over there, and neither should you.
4 Sri Lanka
Being distracted by beauty is a burden we must all endure at some point, but when the country you’re in is floating around the mid-80s mark in terms of the temperature, you’d best snap back into focus real quick.
Sri Lanka is stunning, but if you find yourself outdoors for too long at any given time, you could be collapsing onto the ground before you even realize what has happened. That sounds quite dramatic but we’ve seen it happen before. Especially if you’re traveling around a country like this, which many consider to be so out-of-this-world beautiful.
It’s going to be mid-80s to early 90s over there; you just can’t escape that kind of heat. Alas, one of the biggest issues for people traveling over to the Maldives is their stubbornness. Because of how much money they’ve spent to get there (it can be really expensive) they may not consider sun cream to be a necessity if they want to pick up a really good tan.
Newsflash: the Maldives may have stunning blue waters and some of the best vacation accommodation you could find, but that doesn’t make you immune to the risks of sun exposure.
Clocking in as one of the most consistently hot places on this list, Cyprus does a great job of tricking you into believing that it’s a lot cooler than it actually is. The winds make up a good portion of that, rendering you unaware that it’s actually mid-90s to early 100s out there.
Sunstroke, the Pokémon evolution of sunburn, is unbelievably common in Cyprus, especially if you’re heading to one of the party towns like Ayia Napa. You need to be safe and you need to be smart, which should kind of go without saying.
1 United States
You may or may not be interested in heading to Palm Desert in California at some point this summer. If you are, then buckle up, because during the next few days alone the temperature is going to be coming in at an average of 114, 115, 116 and 117 degrees respectively.
You may be driving through thinking that this isn’t going to impact you, but trust us, even leaving your arm outside of the window is enough to cause some serious problems. If you don’t take the precautions now, it could be too late.