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.

#1

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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Vicky Zar
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2 months ago

Oooooh my god that's so adorable!

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#2

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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Stephanie IV
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2 months ago

That’s really nice.

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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.

#3

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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Francis
Community Member
2 months ago

if you can't walk without shoes, your dog/cat can't aswell

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#4

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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Francis
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2 months ago

(s)he looks so happy :D

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#5

It's Hot In Thailand

It's Hot In Thailand

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Angelina Wilkins
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2 months ago

The dog looks like he's contemplating all of his poor life choices. "How did it come to this?" Poor doggo, I feel you.

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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.

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.

#6

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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Linnedivera
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2 months ago

Look at that little tongue!

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#7

Giving Water To A Dehydrated Bunny In 100-Degree Heat

Giving Water To A Dehydrated Bunny In 100-Degree Heat

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#8

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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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

And wetting the fur helps. Staying in the shades is also important!

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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.

#9

Nature In The Shadow Of Technology

Nature In The Shadow Of Technology

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Yara Balabanova
Community Member
2 months ago

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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#10

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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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Always help fellow creatures! Nice!

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#11

It's Just A Dry Heat

It's Just A Dry Heat

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E Menendez
Community Member
2 months ago

Good thing it didn't set fire to your seat since it was so hot.

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#12

Too Hot For The Fox In London Today

Too Hot For The Fox In London Today

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Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
2 months ago

He melted!

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#13

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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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

❤️

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#14

Moose Finds Water On A Hot Day

Moose Finds Water On A Hot Day

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PjandBolt
Community Member
2 months ago

"I gotta get me one of these!"

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#15

After 40°C Heat, It Finally Started To Rain

After 40°C Heat, It Finally Started To Rain

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Francis
Community Member
2 months ago

i can feel and smell this photo!

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#16

It's A Bit Hot In Australia Today

It's A Bit Hot In Australia Today

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Ivy
Community Member
2 months ago

That's insane!

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#17

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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Livvy-Rose Richards
Community Member
2 months ago

Gorgeous snake

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#18

Beat The Heat

Beat The Heat

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Francis
Community Member
2 months ago

happiest doggo

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#19

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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Hilary Mol
Community Member
2 months ago

Upvote for the title alone!

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#20

Hot Australian Days Have Melted Our Wax Buddha Into Slumber

Hot Australian Days Have Melted Our Wax Buddha Into Slumber

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

Neck pain is my first association.

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#21

Postal Worker Cooks Steak On Truck Dashboard To Showcase "Inhumane" Working Conditions During Extreme Heat

Postal Worker Cooks Steak On Truck Dashboard To Showcase "Inhumane" Working Conditions During Extreme Heat

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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Sous vide auto

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#22

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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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

I think someone just wanted to show everyone their tattoos

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#23

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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pelemele
Community Member
2 months ago

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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#24

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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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Solutions!

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#25

It's Hot Today In Colorado

It's Hot Today In Colorado

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Bùi Hữu Nhật Minh
Community Member
2 months ago

imagine someone jump on to that without knowing there is something under them

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#26

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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Allen Lavine
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#27

Hot

Hot

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Yara Balabanova
Community Member
2 months ago

If the heat is that bad I would rather stay inside with the curtains closed

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#28

It Was Pretty Hot In Korea Today

It Was Pretty Hot In Korea Today

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Too hot for such dogs to be out. aren’t they meant for cold climates?

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#29

You Know It Is Hot When

You Know It Is Hot When

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
2 months ago

Dog on the rocks

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#30

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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Znaya
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#31

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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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

That will soon become a hot tub! ):

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#32

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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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s not taking a break, it’s trying not to die.

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#33

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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Anna Amanda
Community Member
2 months ago

I see they are afraid of corona also

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#34

It's Been Hot In Alaska

It's Been Hot In Alaska

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

*blep*

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#35

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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Helen Haley
Community Member
2 months ago

Trying not to boil. No one wants to be bouliabase.

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#36

You Know It's A Hot Day In Canada When

You Know It's A Hot Day In Canada When

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Zach Stevenson
Community Member
2 months ago

At first glance I thought a Mountie had evaporated leaving only their hat!

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#37

You Know It's Hot In Florida When

You Know It's Hot In Florida When

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
2 months ago

That one seagull thats not in the shade

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#38

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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Nixxy
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks so cool now! Probably not very effective though.

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#39

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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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

Why would you cut the lawn in a drought?

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#40

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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eeeeeeeee
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a thick duvet for a heatwave!

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#41

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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Csaba Hegedűs
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe put on shorts?

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#42

This Is How We Are Dealing With The Heat In Brazil

This Is How We Are Dealing With The Heat In Brazil

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

Does it go in an angle at the bottom? Like..in the bottom??

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#43

This Is A Hot Post

This Is A Hot Post

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, it certainly lives up to its name.

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#44

It Was A Hot Day In Tallahassee

It Was A Hot Day In Tallahassee

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denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Been there.

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#45

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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Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

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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#46

Heatwave In Europe? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

Heatwave In Europe? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

His face! Such contentment. 😊

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#47

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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Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

On plastic wrap?

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#48

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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80 Van
Community Member
2 months ago

They are now runny bears.

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#49

The Way These Candles Melted In The Heat Today

The Way These Candles Melted In The Heat Today

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks like the rude bits of an Alien!

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#50

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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Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't even bother! Buy a new car

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