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]
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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