Listen, folks: It’s Austin. It’s July. IT IS GOING TO BE HOT. It is going to be hot for several more months. Best to just hunker down, find some air conditioning or a large water feature and get used to it.

William Sebree, 10, knows how to keep cool. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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But I’ll grant you, it is particularly hot right now. Austin is under an excessive heat warning today with an expected high of 107 degrees, after an already scorching weekend.

But even though it might feel like we’re in the hottest place on earth right now, there are a few spots that have us beat.

GASSIM AIRPORT

Also known as Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz International Airport. Flying through Saudi Arabia? It could reach 113 degrees there today.

HERMOSILLO

Hermosillo is the capital of Sonora. And, it’s hot there today.

PHOENIX

But it’s a dry heat, right?

OUARGLA

Ouargla is in the Sahara Desert in Algeria. Perhaps that’s where some of our recent dust cloud came from.

THE SURFACE OF THE SUN

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OK, fine; I have to go all the way to the sun to find another place hotter than Austin right now. YES, IT IS JUST TOO HOT. YOU WIN.

If you need me, I’ll be hiding in the beer cooler at my H-E-B.

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