31 photos show how people have endured blistering heat waves around the world this summer
- Heat waves have swept the world this summer.
- The US, Europe, Japan, Russia, and Greenland all experienced, at times, record-breaking high temperatures in June and July.
- From Rome to Washington to Tokyo, see how people around the world have tried to escape the heat.
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No one can outrun the heat, not this year.
It's the height of August, and many parts of the world have been dealing with relentless heat waves this summer. The US, Europe, Japan, Russia, and Greenland have all experienced record-breaking high temperatures. July was likely the hottest month in recorded history.These heat waves don't care about borders. Few cultural differences exist when it comes to keeping cool.
Wildfires are burning in Alaska and Russia, and Greenland is melting rapidly. People try to escape the relentless heat in fire hydrants, fountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans alike.
Here are 31 photos showing the struggle to stay cool, hydrated, and even-tempered during a particularly hot summer.