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- 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.
In New York, a man splashes his face in July, using a fountain as best he can.
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In July, the New York Triathlon was canceled because of the heat for the first time ever. The organization donated 1,900 gallons or water and Gatorade to New Yorkers in need.
In Brooklyn, children take the cooling off process a little more seriously.
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In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in the city as the heat index was expected to reach 115 degrees.
In Washington Heights, New York, fire hydrants are harnessed to keep cool.
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Just don’t open it improperly. Every minute a fire hydrant is open illegally, more than 1,000 gallons pour out. To stop water wastage, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection deploys a team of teenagers to inform New Yorkers about the dangers of it. But New Yorkers can request that firefighters open a hydrant to use as a sprinkler — officially.
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