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An international team of climate experts known as the World Weather Attribution initiative analyzed the late June heatwave in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and came to a preliminary conclusion that it was a roughly 1-in-1,000-year event.

The extreme weather has bent roads, melted power cables, and triggered heat warnings for 50 million people in North America.

But other continents are suffering too. In Europe, for example, a massive forest fire is ravaging Greece for the 7th day.

However, pictures often speak louder than words. So Bored Panda compiled a collection of vivid images that perfectly sum up how the high temperatures have affected people and their surroundings this summer.

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It's Kinda Hot In Turkey, So The Shop Owner Let The Kittens Sleep On The Freezer

It's Kinda Hot In Turkey, So The Shop Owner Let The Kittens Sleep On The Freezer

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Saw This While Walking Through A Small Town In VA - It's Nice To Know That Someone Is Looking Out For All The Pups In This Summer Heat

Saw This While Walking Through A Small Town In VA - It's Nice To Know That Someone Is Looking Out For All The Pups In This Summer Heat

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Extreme heat might not sound as dramatic as hurricanes or floods, but the National Weather Service has deemed it the deadliest weather phenomenon in the US over the past 30 years, on average. And by far.

Of course, a heatwave in one state might not be a heatwave in another; the definition is usually relative to local weather conditions, with sustained temperatures in the 90th to 95th percentile of the average in a given area. So the threshold for a heatwave in Tucson is higher than the threshold in Seattle.

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Guy In Hot Arizona Heat Did Not Want His Dog's Paws To Burn So He Pulls Him In A Cooler

Guy In Hot Arizona Heat Did Not Want His Dog's Paws To Burn So He Pulls Him In A Cooler

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How We Beat The Heat In Australia. Ice Cold Can On A Warm Belly

How We Beat The Heat In Australia. Ice Cold Can On A Warm Belly

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It Was A Really Hot Day So This Little Guy Decided To Lick The Condensation Off My Drink

It Was A Really Hot Day So This Little Guy Decided To Lick The Condensation Off My Drink

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As Umair Irfan pointed out for Vox, heatwaves begin with a high-pressure system (also known as an anticyclone), where atmospheric pressure above an area builds up. That creates a sinking column of air that compresses, heats up, and oftentimes also dries out.

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The sinking air acts as a cap or a heat dome and traps the latent heat already absorbed by the landscape. The high-pressure system also pushes out cooler, fast-moving air currents and squeezes clouds away, which gives the sun an unobstructed line of sight to the ground.

The ground — soil, sand, concrete, and asphalt — is then free to bake, and in the long days and short nights of summer, heat energy quickly accumulates and temperatures climb.

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Giving Water To A Dehydrated Bunny In 100-Degree Heat

Giving Water To A Dehydrated Bunny In 100-Degree Heat

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG that's a wild jackrabbit! They're normally very shy of people.

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A Security Man In Egypt Decided To Cover The Dog's Paws To Protect Him From The Hot Pavement

A Security Man In Egypt Decided To Cover The Dog's Paws To Protect Him From The Hot Pavement

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Nature In The Shadow Of Technology

Nature In The Shadow Of Technology

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly livestock animals are usually left to suffer in the heat without any ways to cool down, no shade or enough water

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Heatwaves typically last around five days, but can stick around for longer if the high-pressure system is blocked in place. “In some cases, you actually can get these kinds of patterns getting stuck, and that can lead to heat waves lasting much longer,” Karen McKinnon, an assistant professor of environment and sustainability at the University of California Los Angeles, told Vox.

Eventually, the high-pressure system will weaken, allowing in cooler air and precipitation that can bring the heatwave to an end. However, as the warm season continues, more high-pressure systems can settle in and restart the process.

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It's Just A Dry Heat

It's Just A Dry Heat

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Due To The Extreme Heat (40C) My Local Convenience Store Let A Stray Dog Inside To Cool Off

Due To The Extreme Heat (40C) My Local Convenience Store Let A Stray Dog Inside To Cool Off

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Farmer Takes A Couple Of His Pigs To Go Swimming During Heatwave In The Netherlands

Farmer Takes A Couple Of His Pigs To Go Swimming During Heatwave In The Netherlands

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Moose Finds Water On A Hot Day

Moose Finds Water On A Hot Day

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After 40°C Heat, It Finally Started To Rain

After 40°C Heat, It Finally Started To Rain

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It’s So Bloody Hot Here In Australia At The Moment, And I Wondered Why Birds Weren’t Using Our Bird Bath

It’s So Bloody Hot Here In Australia At The Moment, And I Wondered Why Birds Weren’t Using Our Bird Bath

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Left My Cassette Adapter In The Car In The Hot Sun. Result: Hottest Mixtape Of The Year

Left My Cassette Adapter In The Car In The Hot Sun. Result: Hottest Mixtape Of The Year

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Hot Australian Days Have Melted Our Wax Buddha Into Slumber

Hot Australian Days Have Melted Our Wax Buddha Into Slumber

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Due To The Heat Waves In Belgium Hedgehogs Have Trouble Finding Food So They Wander Into Gardens

Due To The Heat Waves In Belgium Hedgehogs Have Trouble Finding Food So They Wander Into Gardens

The internet told me to put out cat food for them. Eddy the hedgehog has been visiting every evening at 10 for the last few days.

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I Spotted This Guy In Paris Helping His Pupper Cool Off In The 40°C Heatwave

I Spotted This Guy In Paris Helping His Pupper Cool Off In The 40°C Heatwave

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This image could not be taken this summer because we currently have the coolest summer in recent years: it rains non-stop and the temperature does not exceed 30 ° C (86 ° F) depending on the region. France is caught in what meteorologists call a "cold drop" while everywhere else it is sweltering heat.

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It's So Hot Here In CA That This Gas Station Puts Covers On The Door Handles To Prevent One From Burning Their Hands

It's So Hot Here In CA That This Gas Station Puts Covers On The Door Handles To Prevent One From Burning Their Hands

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It's Hot Today In Colorado

It's Hot Today In Colorado

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The Heatwave In Britain Made These Cans Explode In The Vending Machine

The Heatwave In Britain Made These Cans Explode In The Vending Machine

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm just asking and being for real do they not have a cooling system in these

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It Was Pretty Hot In Korea Today

It Was Pretty Hot In Korea Today

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My Dad Booked A Trip To Canada After Telling Us He Was Sick Of The Florida Heat. Today, I Look Out My Balcony Window To See Him Walking Around Like This

My Dad Booked A Trip To Canada After Telling Us He Was Sick Of The Florida Heat. Today, I Look Out My Balcony Window To See Him Walking Around Like This

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How many snowballs did he bring back to put in the freezer 😀

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Mom Found This Good Boye Outside A Store In 40 Degrees Heat

Mom Found This Good Boye Outside A Store In 40 Degrees Heat

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When It's So Hot Out, You Need To Take A Break From Doing Your Squirrel Things

When It's So Hot Out, You Need To Take A Break From Doing Your Squirrel Things

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These Birds Making Use Of Limited Shade On A Hot Day

These Birds Making Use Of Limited Shade On A Hot Day

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The Way These Fish Take Shelter From The Hot Sun In The Shade

The Way These Fish Take Shelter From The Hot Sun In The Shade

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You Know It's A Hot Day In Canada When

You Know It's A Hot Day In Canada When

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You Know It's Hot In Florida When

You Know It's Hot In Florida When

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This Ceiling Fan In Puerto Rico Got So Hot It Melted

This Ceiling Fan In Puerto Rico Got So Hot It Melted

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Friend Posted This To Facebook "How I Cut My Lawn When It's 98 Degrees"

Friend Posted This To Facebook "How I Cut My Lawn When It's 98 Degrees"

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Cozy Muffin! Heatwave In Switzerland And Only One Room Has AC

Cozy Muffin! Heatwave In Switzerland And Only One Room Has AC

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When I Asked Him What He Was Doing His Response Was Simple "I'm Hot"

When I Asked Him What He Was Doing His Response Was Simple "I'm Hot"

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This Is A Hot Post

This Is A Hot Post

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Ground Temp Thanks To Heatwave In Australia. 153.3F For You Other Guys

Ground Temp Thanks To Heatwave In Australia. 153.3F For You Other Guys

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Genuine question. Isn't it the opposite in Australia? Now it should be winter there, no? I do realise these photos are probably not all uploaded recently, but I also know weather can go crazy.

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Heatwave In Europe? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

Heatwave In Europe? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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Decided To Do Some Cooking Outside During Phoenix's 118-Degree Heatwave Today

Decided To Do Some Cooking Outside During Phoenix's 118-Degree Heatwave Today

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It's So Hot In Vegas Today That My Gummy Bears Liquified In My Trunk Before I Could Get Them Home

It's So Hot In Vegas Today That My Gummy Bears Liquified In My Trunk Before I Could Get Them Home

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The Way These Candles Melted In The Heat Today

The Way These Candles Melted In The Heat Today

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Friend Forgot He Had Bear Mace In His Car And The Hot Sun Turned It Into A Spice Missile That Shattered The Windshield And Coated The Inside In No-No Foam

Friend Forgot He Had Bear Mace In His Car And The Hot Sun Turned It Into A Spice Missile That Shattered The Windshield And Coated The Inside In No-No Foam

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