Eye-Catching Moments: As Temperatures Soar, Global Citizens Embrace Water and Shade to Keep Cool

by Gabriel Martinez
Heatwave Coping Strategies

Across the globe, millions are seeking solace from the relentless heat as climate change, a powerful El Nino, and the Northern Hemisphere’s summer combine, shattering temperature records.

In Phoenix, 13 consecutive days have seen temperatures rocket to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). Locals, normally adapted to the desert’s intense summers and shielded by air conditioning, now require respite. In response, volunteers have stepped up to help.

Such is the intensity of heat in the southwestern U.S., health officials are advising reduced outdoor activity and awareness of heat illness symptoms such as excessive sweating and dizziness.

9-year-old Ja-Veah Cheney finds refuge from the fierce heat by dousing her head with water at Riverside Park’s splash pad station in New Bedford, Mass., on July 12, 2023. (Peter Pereira/The Standard-Times via AP)

Across the nation, battered by both intense heat and flooding, citizens resort to self-dousing with water to cool down from temperatures reaching up to 100 F (38 C). To ensure the well-being of employees, outdoor work was restricted nationwide last Monday.

South Europe, especially, grapples with another relentless heatwave, with predicted temperatures peaking at 113 F (45 C).

In Algeria, the temperature last week was so high that the nation logged its record nighttime low of 103.3 F (39.6 C) in the city of Adrar. This week, the heatwave persists, with many hauling water in the sweltering Algerian capital.

Scientists caution of potentially suffering through blistering temperatures all summer long, and possibly for years to come, as humanity continues to pump heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.

Scenes from around the world:

A woman revels in the sun at the Tuileries gardens in Paris, expecting a temperature rise, Monday, July 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)

A Nigerien woman balancing her baby and a water bottle atop her head, Saturday, July 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

A man taking a refreshing leap into the sea from a breakwater in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Salvation Army volunteer Francisca Corral, handing out water at their Valley Heat Relief Station in Phoenix, Tuesday, July 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A woman seeking refuge from the sun under her umbrella during a stroll in downtown Rome, Thursday, July 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Patrons beating the heat in a public pool in Wehrheim near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Migrants taking a water break while attempting to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico into the U.S. in Eagle Pass, Texas, Tuesday, July 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A man shielding himself from the heat with an umbrella while touring the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, Thursday, July 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An Icelandic horse getting a refreshing spray of water at a stud farm in Wehrheim near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

And more…

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Heatwave Coping Strategies

How are people coping with the intense heat across the globe?

People around the world are taking measures such as plunging into water bodies, drinking more fluids, and seeking shelter to cool off. Some are even pouring water over themselves to bring down their body temperature.

What is causing this record-breaking heat?

The intense heat is being caused by a combination of factors including climate change, a strong El Nino, and the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.

What advice are health officials giving to deal with the heat?

Health officials are recommending that people limit their outdoor exposure and be aware of the warning signs of heat illness, such as heavy sweating and dizziness.

How is the heatwave affecting work conditions?

In response to the extreme temperatures, outdoor work was restricted nationwide last Monday to protect workers from the unforgiving heat.

What are the predictions for future summers?

Scientists are warning that people could suffer through blistering temperatures not just throughout this summer, but potentially for years to come, due to the continued release of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere.

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SunnyDelight July 14, 2023 - 1:33 am

I can’t even imagine, 110 degrees for 13 days straight? phoenix is literally on fire. Stay safe everyone out there…

Tommy76 July 14, 2023 - 2:55 am

Crazy weather we got going on!! If this is what the future looks like, we gotta start taking better care of the planet, folks!

JadeTraveller July 14, 2023 - 4:19 am

I was in Europe last summer and it was pretty bad. Looks like it’s gonna be even worse this year 🙁 Everyone traveling stay safe and cool!

WaterIsLife July 14, 2023 - 5:59 am

Just reading this made me thirsty. Everyone remember to stay hydrated and look out for each other, especially the elderly and homeless.

ClimateWarrior July 14, 2023 - 7:05 am

These pics are both beautiful and heartbreaking. we need more awareness and more action. Climate change isn’t a future problem, it’s a now problem.

DustyTrail July 14, 2023 - 12:02 pm

People out here in Phoenix are tough, but this heat is something else. Shout out to the volunteers helping out the community, you guys are the real MVPs!

GreenQueen July 14, 2023 - 8:08 pm

its so sad that we’re literally watching the effects of climate change unfold in front of our eyes.. and some people still don’t believe it’s real?!?


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