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Cruel Summer: Beating the Heat Around the World

Jul 31 2013 - 3:22pm

People in Shanghai are surely looking forward to this month being over, considering they've experienced the hottest July in 140 years. Residents in the Chinese city have taken to claustrophobic water parks and air-conditioned stores to beat the heat much like others around the world. In the UK, where sunshine replaced drizzle for much of July, the Brits helped drive up retail purchases when they went out to buy new seasonally appropriate clothing [1] — goodbye trench coats! Although, it wasn't all sunny news for business. Irish airline Ryanair reported a drop in travel, since people no longer needed to escape the dreary weather at home. To close out one hot month, check out photos of tourists and locals alike trying to keep cool across the globe.

In June, students in the Czech Republic enjoyed the first heat wave of the Summer by sunbathing.

A woman got a break from record-breaking heat in Berlin by taking to a fountain.

Ice cream was a necessity on New York's Lower East Side in late June.

In an attempt to beat record heat, people took to a crowded water park in China.

In New York, a brother and sister enjoyed themselves in Washington Square Park as temps went into the 100s.

A polar bear in Brookfield Zoo in Illinois enjoyed some much-needed ice during a mid-July heat wave that brought temperatures over 90 degrees in 47 US states.

In Prague, a girl took to a waterslide to beat the heat.

During a Southern California heat wave, a 5-year-old boy got comfortable in a fountain inside LA's Grand Park.

This guy was prepared with water and shades during an LA heat wave.

There's nothing better than jumping into cool water during a heat wave, as this boy did in Plzen, Czech Republic.

A woman walked through a fountain during a hot day in Strasbourg, France.

These guys enjoyed themselves along the Berounka River as Central Europe experienced a heat wave that brought temperatures up to 103 degrees.

Women in Bohuslavice, Czech Republic, cooled off along with their horses in a local pond.

A public swimming pool in Prague was busy during a June heat wave in Central Europe.

In Shanghai, a woman escaped the sun with the help of a parasol.

In Milan, Italy, a woman took refuge from the Summer's highest temperatures with help of a public fountain.

A boy and his dog played in a pond in in Lednice, Czech Republic, during record-breaking temperatures in late July.

Women refreshed themselves at the Castello Sforzesco fountain during a late July heat wave in Milan, Italy.

Water was in high demand on Manhattan's High Line, when temperatures climbed into the '90s in June.

In mid-July, a man washed his feet along the the Coney Island boardwalk on one of the hottest weeks in recent New York City history.

An elephant in Tokyo kept himself cool during hot weather.

In mid-July, a woman hit the beach in Weymouth, England.

In New York City, a young woman worked on her tan.

In Strasbourg, France, prudent tourists filled up their water bottles.

A young boy enjoyed the water in Berlin, Germany.

A woman fanned herself in Shanghai.

In the UK, a couple took shelter under an umbrella.

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