Though the calendar says that 11 days remain until the first day of summer, temperatures in much of the northern hemisphere are already sweltering. Large parts of the American northeast experienced record high temperatures this week, while dry, hot weather in the American southwest and eastern Russia sparked numerous wildfires. Today's collection shows some of the ways people (and animals) have been coping with or enjoying the late spring heat. [32 photos]
Clouds frame Marquet Campbell while he jumps from the high dive at the Bishop Park pool in Athens, Georgia, as it opens for the summer on Saturday, May 28, 2011. Lifeguards managed the facility's capacity of 150 pool-goers splashing, swimming and sunbathing to start the Memorial Day weekend.
(AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, David Tulis) #
Lightning streaks across the sky while Athens-Clarke Firefighters work to extinguish a hay fire that was caused by a lightning strike, on Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Athens, Georgia, Firefighters responded to many small fires caused by downed powerlines from a severe thunderstorm.
(AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, David Manning) #
Surfer Tyler Hollmer Cross of Australia rides an 8-meter wave at Shipstern Bluff near Hobart in Tasmania March 17, 2011. According to local media reports, surfers were towed by jetski into one of the biggest swells seen at Shipstern Bluff, formerly known as Devil's Point, in 10 years. Picture taken on March 17, 2011.
An Emergencies Ministry MI-8MTV-2 helicopter carries water before releasing it over the burning Taiga wood near the village of Boguchany, about 560 km (348 miles) northeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, June 2, 2011. Dry, hot weather, dry thunder storms and human factors influenced the distribution of the fires in Siberia, according to Emergencies Ministry members.
(Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Firefighters battle a multi-alarm blaze that spread from an abandoned tire factory to nearby row homes Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Camden, New Jersey, Dozens of firefighters from Camden and surrounding communities battled the blaze in near 100-degree temperatures.
(AP Photo/Camden Courier-Post, Chris LaChall) #