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Photos show the effect of heat waves across the Northern Hemisphere

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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.

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