9 Countries with the Best Weather in the World
Best Temps: Ecuador
This South American country is the land of eternal spring, with daytime temperatures in the mid-70s year-round. Plus, since it's, well, on the equator, you basically get the same amount of quality sunlight every single day.
We know. It's not a country. But according to Guinness World Records, Yuma, Arizona, is the sunniest city on earth with, on average, 11 hours of uninterrupted sunlight per day. That’s more than 4,000 hours a year, people.
Least Rainy: Namibia
This country wins for the least amount of rainfall. The port town of Swakopmund sees less than an inch of precipitation a year, and daytime temps average in the 70s.
Best Humidity Level: Cyprus
Climate scientists consider 50 percent relative humidity to be optimal weather conditions. (You might know it as the sweet spot where your hair isn't frizzy and your skin isn't dry.) This island nation can get pretty hot, but the air remains nicely arid and the ocean setting means plenty of cool breezes.
Best Snow: Japan
If you’re the type who wants to hit the slopes every day, Japan is your place. The country’s geographic location, position in the ocean, mountainous elevation and proximity to cold air from northeast Asia make it one of the snowiest locations on the planet.
Most Tropical: Brazil
If rainforests are your thing–think warm temps with lots of moisture in the air–beeline for Brazil, which wins as the most tropical place on the planet, with 1,844,402 square miles of rainforest.
Least Windy: Democratic Republic of Congo
Smack in the center of Africa, this place boasts some of the lowest average wind speeds, making it one of the calmest places in the world (at least from a weather perspective).
Starriest Skies: Canary Islands
Venture off the coast of West Africa for the starriest sky in the entire world. Roque de los Muchachose Observatory in Caldera de Taburiente National Park has an extensive fleet of telescopes, making it a prime spot for stargazing.
Cleanest Air: Iceland
Here, low population density, an abundance of forests (which act as natural air filters) and strict air pollution regulations combine to give you the world’s cleanest air. Plus: Björk.