Days of Summer

Across the northern hemisphere, people are doing what they can to cope with the summer weather. Heatwaves have recently struck the Midwest and East Coast in the United States and in parts of Eastern Europe. Hot summer days also bring stormy afternoons, with downpours that have caused numerous flooding problems across parts of China. For many, though, the way to beat the heat is to get outside and cool off in lakes, fountains, or water parks, or to find a place to simply live in the moment and enjoy the sunshine. Collected below are some images from these recent summer days, and of people around the world either enjoying or coping with the heat. [39 photos total]

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A boy swims near an inflow from the river Drim into Ohrid lake in Struga, Macedonia, on July 12, 2011, as temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degree Fahrenheit). (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski) #
Becky Petrehen's hot air balloon named "Peaceful World," is visible, reflected in a small body of water in Chillicothe, Illinois, on July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Lauren Wood) #
A surfer rides a wave at Watergate Bay on July 14, 2011, near Newquay, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Yasmin Bolden, 7, has mud washed off her after a mud contest at the Wet and Wild Water Week Day Camp, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham, Alabama. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Tamika Moore) #
Beach goers watch the sun set at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California, on June 30, 2011. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
A boy slides down a water chute in a water park in Mogyorod, near Budapest, on July 9, 2011. Temperatures reached 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit) during the weekend in Hungary. (Reuters/Laszlo Balogh) #
A pigeon refreshes itself at a fountain on a hot summer day in Madrid on June 25, 2011. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images) #
Children play in a giant lake of mud during Wayne County's 2011 Mud Day event at Nankin Mills Park, on July 12, 2011, in Westland, Michigan. 20,000 gallons of water are mixed with 200 tons of topsoil at the annual event. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) #
A man reads a newspaper as he swims in the salt waters of Tus lake in Russia's Khakassia region, about 370 km (230 miles) southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on July 15, 2011. Russians from different regions annually arrive at Tus lake rich with curative black and blue mud to live in a camp, bathe in the bitter-salty water and smear themselves with mud, which they see as a healing remedy. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
A boy jumps into the Dambovita river with empty plastic bottles around his waist for flotation, in Bucharest, Romania, on a hot day, on July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
The sun sets on the horizon overlooking 42nd street as "Manhattanhenge" occurs in New York on July 13, 2011. The event happens twice a year, when the Sun aligns at dusk, setting streets aglow with rays of sunlight flowing through New York City from west to east. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) #
Lightning strikes over buildings during a thunderstorm in Belgrade, Serbia, on July 11, 2011. (Reuters/Marko Djurica) #
A woman jogs as storm clouds gather in the sky over Havana, Cuba's seafront boulevard "el Malecon", on July 11, 2011. (Reuters/Desmond Boylan) #
A resident runs up a flooded stairway as stormwater pours into an underground garage amid heavy rainfalls in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on July 3, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily) #
A rainbow appears over a farm after a rainstorm in Charlestown, New Hampshire, on July 6, 2011. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
A young woman lies in the sun in the Englischen Garten in Munich, Germany, on July 12, 2011. (Lukas Barth/DAPD) #
Competitors swim in the Seine River during the Paris Triathlon competition in Paris, France, on July 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) #
Braxton Barton, 3, catches a stream of water in his face at Macklanburg Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Oklahoma City set a record for most triple digit days in the month of June. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry) #
A giant dust storm covers Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, on July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher) #
A bull swims after being chased into the sea during the "Bous a la Mar" festival on July 14, 2011, in Denia, Spain. "Bous a la Mar", or "Bulls to the Sea," festival is held to honor the Santisima Sangre and commemorate the monk Pedro Esteve, who is said to have saved the coastal town of Denia from a plague in 1633. The bulls that are chased into the water are brought back to land by small boats. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) #
Andre Rivera, 6, from Puerto Rico, stops to cool off in the Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas, on July 11, 2011. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Max Faulkner) #
Phoenix Fire fighter Tony Reiter dumps a helmet full of water over his head during a fire that destroyed Fiesta Asadero y Taqueria in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 27, 2011. This was the hottest day of the summer so far with a high of 115 degrees. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher) #
The sun shines through the smoke from the Las Conchas wildfire near the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, June 29, 2011. The New Mexico wildfire was then burning largely unchecked for a fourth day near one of the nation's top nuclear arms production plants, but firefighters finally gained some ground in corralling the flames. (Reuters/Eric Draper) #
People on a floating dock enjoy a sunny and warm summer day on lake Zurich, Switzerland, on June 26, 2011. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann) #
Mike Cox of Sherman, Illinois, positions a large fan and specially designed water hoses to cool his Standardbred trotting filly named "Master Charge It", on July 11, 2011, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) #
A man dives into the sea with Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama nuclear power plant in the background in Mihama town, Fukui prefecture, Japan on July 2, 2011. (Reuters/Issei Kato) #
A woman cools down in Lake Balaton near Tihany 150 km (93 miles) west of Budapest July 14, 2011. (Reuters/Laszlo Balogh) #
A girl plays in the fountain near Victorian Square Thursday July, 7, 2011 in downtown Sparks, Nevada. (AP Photo/Liz Margerum - Reno Gazette Journal) #
Visitors play in an artificial wave pool at Tokyo Summerland in Akiruno, near Tokyo, on July 10, 2011. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #
Festival goers cool off at the Balaton Sound music festival in Zamardi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Budapest, on July 10, 2011. (Reuters/Bernadett Szabo) #
People cool off in fountains in front of the Eiffel Tower, on June 27, 2011 in Paris as the city sweltered under a heatwave. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images) #
A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on July 15, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily) #
Girls wash themselves during ab educational forum called "Seliger 2011", organized by Russia's Federal Agency on Youth Affairs, Rosmolodezh and pro-Kremlin youth movement, Nashi (Ours) in a tent camp at Seliger lake in Tverskaya Region, 650km from Moscow, on July 4, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Buyan, a male Siberian brown bear, is given a shower by a zoo employee in his enclosure at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on July 1, 2011. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Aniyah davis, 7, kisses her cousin William Respes, 1, as they play in water from a garden hose to beat the midday summer heat on July 12, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #
A swimmer wearing a yellow security cap talks with a police officer on a boat during the launch of the 2011 security measures for swimmers on lake Zurich, Switzerland, on June 27, 2011. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann) #
Gymnasts play in a fountain to cool down in hot weather, on the second day of the World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 11, 2011. More than 20,000 participants from all over the world will attend group gymnastic performances over seven days at the non-competitive event taking place every four years. (Reuters/Valentin Flauraud) #
A boy cools himself in a fountain just outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on July 1, 2011. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) #
Children swim in Purity Lake in Madison, New Hampshire, near the town of Freedom, on July 3, 2011. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #

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