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2. Queensland, Australia

Australia is an enormous country, and Queensland is one of these states, in the northeast corner of the continent, bordered by both the Pacific Ocean and the Coral Sea. Perhaps this added moisture accounts for its intense heat levels--in some places, summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees F for several days in a row. Not all parts of Queensland are this extremely hot, however, and the state does boast both populated cities, and renowned tourist draws in the more moderate areas.

The Outback in Queensland, Australia samvaltenbergs / Getty Images
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