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13 cities that will be too hot to visit come 2050

By Lindsay Kneteman
November 27, 2018, 6:02:18 PM EST

2018 is currently tracking to be the fourth hottest year on record, but according to scientists, we haven’t felt anything yet. Climate change is set to send thermostats soaring and while the whole world is set to get even hotter, some regions will be harder hit by rising temperatures than others.

Earlier this year, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group stated that right now, just over 350 major cities currently experience three or more consecutive months where their average maximum temperature surpasses 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). But by 2050, that number will likely jump to over 970 cities. Included on that list are some of the Earth’s most beloved travel destinations. We round up 13 of these locations–all cities that we recommend you visit sooner than later.

Kuwait City, Kuwait


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With the average temperature in July already hitting 99F (37C), it’s no surprise that this desert city is expected to be baking by 2050. While Kuwait City is better positioned than many locations to deal with extreme heat—it’s renowned for its heavily air-conditioned malls and art galleries—spending all your time indoors means missing out on the city’s natural beauty. Head there now and take a stroll along the Corniche, a 10-kilometer coastal trail that lets you take in the city’s gleaming architecture while relaxing alongside the Persian Gulf.

Athens, Greece


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People have been traveling to Athens for over 5,000 years and for good reason: The city is a living museum that is packed with such legendary structures as the Acropolis and the Parthenon. More recently, a surge of entrepreneurial spirit has flooded it with hip new hotels, restaurants, and bars.

All that history and growth has created a sprawling crowded city that is best explored on foot. But according to C40 Cities, that might be harder to do, as increasing temperatures mean that Athens is likely to be hit by more extremely hot days and an increased number of heat waves. If the idea of hiking up Lycabettus Hill—the city’s highest peak—in the few cool hours of the early morning doesn’t appeal to you, don’t delay to visit Athens.

Tunis, Tunisia


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Primarily for geopolitical reasons, travelers sometimes overlook Tunis. But with its prime Mediterranean location and vibrant mix of East-meets-West culture, this city is more than worthy of your attention.

Tunis is also the getaway to the legendary ruins of Carthage. While fascinating, this ancient site is more than a little short on shade and modern amenities like air conditioning. Since visiting Carthage when the mercury hits over 95 degrees Fahrenheit is pretty much unbearable, this region is another that should be high on your to-visit-soon list.

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