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.Advertisement
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.
In New York, a man splashes his face in July, using a fountain as best he can.
In Brooklyn, children take the cooling off process a little more seriously.Advertisement
In Washington Heights, New York, fire hydrants are harnessed to keep cool.
In Washington D.C., there's no rest for those behind the camera, even in sunny weather. Here, a man keeps himself cool while fulfilling his duties as photographer, in the World War II Memorial.Advertisement
Cold treats can help. This traveler from Chile is eating a blue slushie.
Outside the big cities, taking one's mind off the heat is a little more on the nose. Here, a pair race down the Guadalupe River, in Texas.Advertisement
And here a woman takes a slightly more measured approach to keeping cool.
In Boston, kids and adults alike cool off in the fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.Advertisement
In Alaska, a man wields both an umbrella and an icy treat to keep himself and a child cool.
In the United Kingdom, a guard does his best to ignore the heat. It requires a jaw-clenching effort.Advertisement
Across the English Channel, Parisians and tourists sit in the shade by the Seine River. One of the best ways to keep cool is to stay out of direct sun.
On July 25, Paris recorded an all-time high temperature – 108.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The Trocadero fountain was opened to the public to keep people cool.Advertisement
In southern France, an art installation called “Umbrella Sky Project” provides visitors with a photo opportunity and lots of cover from the sun.
Where umbrellas aren't available, walls become essential. Knowing where the shade begins in Rome can be vital for survival.Advertisement
Elsewhere in the city, fountains provide limited relief. Recently imposed rules now ban people from swimming in them.
So tourists need to keep hydrated other ways.Advertisement
In Spain, these men happily soak up the sun at the beach.
In the Netherlands, a small pool provides some sort of relief.Advertisement
Russia is also melting in the heat. Pictured here are people bathing at a beach in St. Petersburg.
In Moscow, girls cool off by the fountain in front of Ostankino Tower.Advertisement
This woman is enjoying a fountain in Alexander Garden in Moscow.
Men in the city take the plunge, leaping off a bridge into the cooling waters of a reservoir.Advertisement
Like Britain, guards in Russia maintain their positions despite the heat. Here, one soldier wipes the sweat off the brow of another.
While in Siberia, the northern Russian province, 7 million acres of woodland were lost due to wildfires.Advertisement
In Greenland, a visitor walks along the hillside above icebergs floating in the Ilulissat Icefjord. Summers are getting longer in Greenland and its icecap is retreating at an accelerated pace.
Humpback whales swim next to an iceberg in Greenland. The country's ice sheet was at a record low in 2012, and it looks like it'll be heading back that way if the heat continues.Advertisement
Here, the ice in Greenland is seen melting rapidly.
In Japan, a taxi driver takes a nap in his car to make the most of air conditioning.Advertisement
In the Shibuya district, in Tokyo, a woman protects herself from the sun with an umbrella.
Other women in Tokyo use portable fans to try and cool off.Advertisement
People in Japan have been flocking to the beach this summer. It's one of the few things people near any coast, no matter the country, can rely on.
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