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April 2019

10 International Cities to Cool You Off this Summer

Escape the heat but not the culture

Summer approaches, and with it comes the blistering heat. Depending on where you live, you might experience a hotter-than-normal summer this year, if trends continue. For some, this can be an inconvenience, while, for others, it can even pose a health risk. What better reason to travel than to seek refuge from the heat?

There are many cities around the world that stay cool during the hot-for-most months from June to September. And many of these cities offer a wealth of culture and tradition, as well as influences from other places as well. These “cool” international cities are ideal places to visit if you are looking to leave hot weather behind.

Sydney, Australia

Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia experiences its winter season from June to August, when much of the world is in the midst of summer. This makes it a nice getaway to stay cool, as June temperatures in the cultural city of Sydney range from a high of 17 degrees Celsius to a low of 9 degrees. And Sydney offers a wealth of things to do, from catching performances at the iconic Sydney Opera House (40 shows per week!) to international cuisine.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Also in the Southern Hemisphere is the Argentine city of Buenos Aires. June temperatures range from a high of 16 degrees Celsius to a low of 9 degrees, so expect brisk and refreshing weather. This capital city is also the country’s largest, hosting many individuals from around the world, making it one of the most ethnically diverse places in the Americas. The Teatro Colón opera house is the centerpiece of this hotbed of theater, and there are many institutions dedicated to dance, namely tango. Buenos Aires is also an LGBT-friendly destination for tourists, making it truly a city of inclusiveness and diversity.

Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa's Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures, from the indigenous San people to the Dutch, Malay, Indian, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, French, and British. June temperatures range from a high of 20 to a low of 12. Of course, nature is a major draw to Cape Town; there's bird watching, mountain climbing, hiking, surfing, and more. Gastronomical attractions include wine tasting (South Africa is known for producing great wine) and fine dining.

Reykjavík, Iceland

The average June temperature in Iceland is 9 degrees Celsius, which is not bad for a place with “ice” in its name. When the snow and ice melt, visitors can enjoy the sprawling and surprisingly green landscape, as well as a wide number of majestic waterfalls. From soaking in hot springs to marvelling at the flora and fauna (puffins!), Iceland is as magical as its folklore. Reykjavík is its capital city, and the accessible town offers plenty in terms of museums, culture (the Harpa Concert Hall is particularly stunning), and gardens.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is a haven for art lovers. From the Rijksmuseum (Dutch national museum) to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, there are enough museums here to fill a week. With its numerous canals and pedestrian-friendly historic center, Amsterdam is a beautiful city in which to take a stroll. June isn’t a bad month for it either, as temperatures range from 20 to 11 degrees. While that may provide chill for some, the local people make up for it with their warmth.

Oslo, Norway

With June temperatures ranging from 21 degrees to 11, the summer months are as warm as it gets in Norway’s capital city. There are plenty of sights in Oslo worth catching, such as the striking Oslo Concert Hall. The historic center is also perfectly made for nice strolls. And if the low summer temperatures are still too hot for you, you can visit an ice bar – with an interior made of ice – to cool off with a drink.

San Francisco, United States

San Francisco is one of the most colorful cities in the United States. From its distinctive Victorian architecture to the legendary Golden Gate Bridge, the City by the Bay offers plenty of beauty. Many consider San Francisco a very European city, and the influences have been apparent since the Gold Rush days when many settled here in search of riches. There’s also a wealth of Asian culture as well; San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in North America, and the Asian Art Museum offers one of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia. With such a diverse population, it’s not surprising that the city is ranked at the top of many international foodie lists.

Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful Vancouver boasts some of the most beautiful natural sights, from the numerous parks and hiking trails to its collection of suspension bridges rising high above sprawling forests. A popular city for film production, Vancouver also boasts outstanding art galleries, botanical and Chinese gardens, and a stunning science museum. With a strong population of Chinese immigrants, Vancouver also features some of the best Chinese food you’ll ever try. June temperatures in Vancouver range from 20 to 12 degrees.

Halifax, Canada

Halifax has always been a historically important city for Canada, from the days of British colonial rule to its serving as a principle port during World War II. The capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Halifax today is a mix of modernity and history, evident in its bustling downtown and the Halifax Citadel historic fort, respectively. June temperatures in Halifax range from 20 to 11 degrees.


Really want to get away from the summer heat? Spend winter at the coldest place on Earth. In the South Pole, it gets especially cold between April and September, with lows going down as far as minus 61 degrees Celsius. While there is no permanent population, it’s definitely an international place; many of the 1,000+ researchers here come from all around the world.

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