The World's Sunniest Cities

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    Sunniest Cities in the World

    The Mission San Xavier Del Bac was erected between 1783 and 1897 in Tucson Arizona
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    Can’t get enough of that summer sun? Skip the world’s rainiest cities, and head to destinations that are guaranteed to “outshine” the others. Some of these places (like the Arctic) receive high amounts of sun at certain times of the year, but when comparing annual averages and places with large populations, there are some clear winners in the “sunniest cities in the world" contest. So grab the sunblock—here are the world’s 10 sunniest cities.

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    Fresno, California

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    With 3,700 hours of sunshine each year, California’s fifth-largest city Fresno comes in at number 10 on this list of sunniest cities in the world. Located in central California and bordered by the Sierra Nevada mountains, Fresno has a mild climate overall, although temperatures during the summer average a scorching 96 degrees.

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    El Paso, Texas

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    Sandwiched between New Mexico and Mexico in the westernmost part of Texas, El Paso sees 193 full days of sun each year. This city on the banks of the Rio Grande has 3,763 hours of sunshine and summer temperatures that average around 95 degrees, with many days well over 100 degrees.  

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    Kharga, Egypt

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    Central Egypt’s Kharga comes in at number eight on this list. The Kharga Oasis is considered the southern and western gate of Egypt, and was historically home to a large number of Christians. Today, it has a population of around 68,000 and experiences 3,791 hours of sunshine annually, not to mention the less than one millimeter of rainfall it receives. The best time to visit the Kharga Oasis and its beautiful ruins is between October and April.

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    Faya-Largeau, Chad

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    Faya-Largeau is the largest city in northern Chad, in the heart of the harsh, but beautiful, Sahara Desert. The city feels extreme heat and is showered by 3,792 hours of sunshine each year. Once a French colony, Chad shares a border with Libya and is currently subject to a travel warning.

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    Tucson, Arizona

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    Tucson, Arizona sits between cactus-studded Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest, about an hour’s drive north of the Mexican border. The Grand Canyon State’s third-sunniest city sees around 3,806 sunny hours annually, but catches a break thanks to 11 inches of rainfall.

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    Dongola, Sudan

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    With around 13,000 people, the town of Dongola lies on the banks of the Nile River in northern Sudan. Less than one inch of rain falls on Dongola each year, and the city experiences 3,814 days of sunshine. Typically, from March through May and in December, no rain falls on the city.

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    Las Vegas

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    Perched in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, Sin City basks in 3,825 annual hours of sunshine—perfect for those infamous pool parties. Las Vegas sees four inches of rain annually and 210 full days of sun—nearly twice that of major cities in Florida, the "Sunshine State." Although Las Vegas is a year-long destination, the spring and fall are the two best seasons to visit—the city is hot in the summer and crowded in the winter.

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    Aswan, Egypt

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    Located in southeastern Egypt along the Nile River, the sun-soaked city of Aswan sees 3,863 hours of sunshine each year. Aswan is also one of the driest places in the world with an average of just one millimeter of rainfall annually. Many visitors visit by cruise ship to see the city’s ancient ruins and temples like the Temple of Philae and New Kalabsha. The best time to visit is from November through March when temperatures are coolest.  

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    Phoenix, Arizona

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    A close second to the number one slot, Arizona’s capital has an estimated 3,872 hours of sunshine annually (or 296 sunny days). Appropriately, Phoenix is located in “the Valley of the Sun,” and is a major destination for outdoor enthusiasts due to attractions like mountain hiking and desert gardens. August is the rainiest month with a “whopping” five days of rain on average.

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    Yuma, Arizona

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    Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Arizona, Yuma earns the crown for the sunniest city in the world. The city boasts a recorded 313 days with sun each year—including 242 full days of sunshine. That’s more than 90 percent sunshine, or 4,015 hours on average annually (of 4,383 possible). The sunniest month to visit is June, with an average of 97 percent sunshine between sunrise and sunset.