Top 10 Places with Fewest Rainy Days

I have compiled a list showing top 10 places with fewest rainy days, all the dry places are situated in Northern Africa as the biggest desert in the world is situated in Africa it includes Egypt, Chad and Somalia etc. There is only one country which is listed in this list but it is not in Africa take a look and find out yourself, and don’t forget to give your valuable comments.



10. Masirah Island, Oman

No. of rainy days: 3 days per year

Masirah is an island off the East coast of Oman, 95 km long north-south, a population estimated at 12,000 in 12 villages mainly in the north of the island. Administratively, it forms one of the eleven provinces of the Ash Sharqiyah Region. It comes over to no.10 on our top 10 list.



9. Faya-Largeau, Chad

No. of rainy days: 3 days per year

Located in the Sahara Desesrt, Faya’s climate is classed as a hot desert. It experiences hot winters and very hot summers with the peak average maximum temperature reaching 44 °C in May and the average minimum reaching its lowest in January at 12 °C. Rainfall averages out at about 0 millimetres each month, except August, which receives 18 millimetres. It dips in autumn and spring (17% p.m. in April). Despite its low humidity, the temperatures are so high that it is classed as causing “extreme” discomfort between May and September. It comes to no.9 in our top 10 list.



8. Dongola, Sudan

No. of rainy days: 3 days per year

(The above picture is of the Old Dongola which is also located in Sudan)

Dongola is the capital of the state of Northern in Sudan, on the banks of the Nile. It should not be confused with Old Dongola, an ancient city located 80 km upstream on the opposite bank. The climate is generally very hot above 34 °C in August. The normal number of rainfall is 3 times in a year. It comes to no. 8 on our list.



7. Iquique, Chile

No. of rainy days: 2 days per year

Iquique is a port city and commune in northern Chile, capital of both the Iquique Province and Tarapacá Region. It lies on the Pacific coast. It had a population of 216,419 as of the 2002 census. It is also the main commune of the Greater Iquique. Iquique has a rare mild desert climate with low extremes of temperatures all year round and almost no rainfall. It comes onto no. 7 on top 10 places with fewest rainy days.



6. Wadi Halfa, Sudan

No. of rainy days: 1 day per year

Wadi Halfa is a city in the state of Northern, in northern Sudan, on the shores of Lake Nubia. This city has a population of about 15,725 (2007). It is one of the most hottest and driest cities in Sudan with an average temperature of 41 °C during May, June, July and August. This city comes to no. 6.



5. Bosaso, Somalia

No. of rainy days: 1 day per year

Bosaso is a city in northern Somalia, which serves as the nation’s main port. Situated on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden, it is the commercial capital of the Bari region in the autonomous Puntland state.

Formerly known as Bandar Qasim, the city’s population is estimated at about 700,000 residents. The weather is not too much hot but it is dry as the no. of rainy days are only 1 day per year and sometimes no rainfall all year. It comes to no. 5 on our list.



4. Al’ Kufra, Libya

No. of rainy days: 1 day in every 2 years

It is located in a particularly isolated area, not only because it is in the middle of the Sahara Desert but also because it is surrounded on three sides by depressions which makes it dominate the passage in east-west land traffic across the desert. It comes to no. 4 on our list.



3. Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

No. of rainy days: 1 day in every 4 years

Dakhla Oasis, is one of the seven oases of Egypt’s Western Desert (part of the Libyan Desert). Dakhla Oasis lies in the New Valley Governorate, 350 km from the Nile and between the oases of Farafra and Kharga. It is on spot no. 3 on our list.



2. Asyut, Egypt

No. of rainy days: 1 day in every 5 years

The city of Asyut is sandwiched between two mountain ranges of about 600m height. There is also a lowering in elevation in mid Egypt, from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. This gives the city and nearby towns and villages the typical properties of a continental climate, meaning that the city has harsh and chilly cold winter weather, and very hot but non-humid summers. During summer the temperature can exceed 42C. But, in winter Asyut gets freezing sub-zero temperatures during the night and frost can easily form, while hail or snow are rare because of the low average of the city’s precipitation and general lack of humidity. Asyut is on no.2.



1. Arica, Chile

No. of rainy days: 1 day in every 6 years

Arica features the rare, mild desert climate. Unlike many other cities with arid climates, Arica sees extreme temperatures throughout the course of the year. Arica is also known as one of the driest inhabited places on Earth, at least as measured by rainfall: average annual precipitation is 0.76 mm, as measured at the airport meteorological station. Despite its lack of rainfall, humidity and cloud cover are high. With humidity levels similar to those of equatorial climates the sunshine intensity is similar to the Sahara desert regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Arica is top on the list in our list showing top 10 places with fewest rainy days.

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