Karli Baumert, of Pryor, Okla., and Max Cowdery, of Bremerton, Wash., dance by water sprinklers at the Lincoln Memorial to cool off during the punishing heat gripping Washington on July 3.
A honeybee drinks from a fountain on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., on July 1. The temperature was forecast to top 100 degrees for the third day in a row.
People crowd the beach at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 30. About 3.9 million homes and businesses were without power on Saturday amid a record heat wave in the eastern United States after deadly thunderstorms downed power lines from Indiana to New Jersey.
A tourist dances as she celebrates Asar Pandhra festival in Pokhara valley, west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, on June 29. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the start of planting rice in paddy fields.
Evelyn Wood fans herself as relief from the heat as her daughter Sherri Smith, right, both of Wichita Falls, Texas, applies a cold towel as they celebrate Wood's 80th birthday, on June 29, in Washington, D.C., where temperatures reached the upper 90s.
Fairgoers enjoy the sunset from a ride at the Garrard County Fair on June 28, near Bryantsville, Ky.
Terrill Shepard, 16, jumps into Lasker Pool in New York City on June 28. The city’s 55 outdoor pools opened to the public for the season on Thursday.
Ephriam Ko, 6, climbs high in a stand of bamboo as his father, Van Thawng, tends to his crops at the Global Growers Network's Bamboo Creek Farm in Stone Mountain, Ga., on June 24. The new 14-acre incubator farm is designed for farmers who have fled their native countries to seek new agricultural opportunities. Most of the farmers grow crops native to their homeland for their own consumption and to sell to other resettled refugees in the metro Atlanta area.
Detroit Tigers right fielder Ryan Raburn (25) leaps to catch a fly ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison during the eighth inning in Pittsburgh on June 24. The Tigers won 3-2.
People take part in the Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 23. The Mermaid Parade is Coney Island's homage to the Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954.
Russian Cossacks perform a traditional dance with sabers during the annual Mansky festival, dedicated to the opening of the amateur rafting season, by the Mana river near Beret in the Siberian Taiga on June 22. Local nature-lovers, fans of ecological tourism and devotees of the festival have gathered for more than 30 years to travel by rafts, take part in the overnight festivities and rest around campfires.
Gleu Sunpooja stands in front of Stonehenge as solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer sunrise at the megalithic monument on June 21, near Salisbury, England. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Girls leap through a wall of water at Yards Park in Washington, D.C., on June 21.
People brave high temperatures while practicing bikram yoga as part of the annual Mind Over Madness event in Times Square on June 20 in New York City. The free yoga classes are held annually on the summer solstice amid the bustle of Times Square, considered one of the busiest places on earth.
Jashante' Holland, 9, dips and swings Aaliyah Stanley, 3, in the middle of the fun wagon sprinkler at Woodside Village in Danville, Va., on June 20.
Solomon Hightower splashes into the pool at Charlie Morris Aquatic Center in Memphis, Tenn., on June 19. Hightower joined a group of fellow golfing enthusiasts from the Memphis Athletic Ministries golf program for their weekly swim at the aquatic center.
A dog rides a surfboard in the Seventh Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition, in Imperial Beach, Calif., on June 16. The event was to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
An Indian man bathes his horse on a hot day in Allahabad, India, on June 15. Northern India has been sweltering under extreme heat as maximum temperatures soared at most places of the region.
A boy rides a water slide in the northern German city of Hameln on May 22 as the temperature reached 86 degrees.
Young men run to the Gulf of Mexico at Perdido Key, Fla., on May 20. Two years after an offshore oil well explosion devastated tourism in the region, the Gulf Coast is a popular destination once again, thanks in part to millions of dollars worth of promotion funded by the well's owner, BP.
A Pakistani girl cools off in a water channel in Lahore on May 11. Heatwave conditions in Pakistan have pushed temperatures above 104 degrees in many parts of the country.
Belarussian villagers wearing traditional clothes gather to celebrate the pagan holiday of Rusalye, devoted to water nymphs, in the village of Sosny, Belarus, on June 10. According to legend, mermaids come out of the water during the spring and summer to visit the village, and walk through fields and meadows.
Harper Marquez, 1, squeals with delight as her father, Roberto Marquez, swings her into the Jane K. Lowe Children's Fountain in downtown Huntsville, Ala., on June 7.
Lifeguard Sam McCabe of Richmond Heights cleans the water slide at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center in Maplewood, Mo., on May 24, in preparation for it's opening Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Children from a local secondary school take part in a mass cleanup at the world-famous Echo beach in Perenenan village, Bali, on June 12. The association responsible, Gumi Lestari, is running a project to get the local community involved in protecting the environment. Bali, one of the world's top surf spots, has a huge problem with trash, most of which is the result of tourism.
Young dancers perform as they march in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade on New York's Fifth Ave., on June 10. The parade has been an annual event in New York since 1958 and has grown to be one of the city's largest.
Billie Burgess, 9, jumps to burst a giant bubble on the South Bank in London during a spell of hot weather.
A boy cools himself as he sits under a fountain on a hot summer day in New Delhi on May 31, when the temperature reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kayla Riggins and David Gregory play on an inflatable raft in Hartwell Lake at Darwin Wright Park in Anderson, S.C., on May 25.
A body surfer rides a wave during high tide at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on May 22.
The setting sun illuminates dark rain clouds above the eastern Indian city of Calcutta on June 9. The clouds heralded the season's first rainfall, a welcome relief from the hot weather.
Winnie Pajcic, 9, holds on to a railing during a visit to Stockton Park in Ortega, Fla., in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Beryl on May 28. Beryl came ashore several days earlier near Jacksonville Beach with winds of 70 mph.
A Bengal tiger gets a spray of water from a zookeeper on a hot summer day at the Birsa Munda Zoological Park in Ranchi, India, on May 30. Zoo authorities were helping the animals cope with temperatures topping 104 degrees by providing coolers, special roofs and regular hose-downs.
Shawn Davis and his 5-year old son Emerson fly-fish for trout in Spring Creek near Bellefonte, Penn., on the evening of June 10.
Xavier Willis, 7, throws a container of water into the air as he jumps into Dallas Bay at Chester Frost Park in Hixson, Tenn. on June 12. Temperatures climbed to the mid 80s under mostly sunny skies.