Thanks to its thick atmosphere, which consists primarily of carbon dioxide, Venus has some of the worst weather in the Solar System and would be an extremely unpleasant place to find yourself. A runaway greenhouse effect makes it the hottest planet in our solar system, with an average surface temperature of around 462°C (864°F), hotter than Mercury, even though Mercury is closer to the sun. The temperature is not the only thing you have to worry about though, as the atmosphere also provides a crushing pressure on Venus’ surface which is about 90 times what we experience on the Earth. Clouds, made up of droplets of sulphuric acid, line the skies and are responsible for frequent, intense lightning storms.
Answered by Zoe Baily from the National Space Centre
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