How People (and Animals) Are Beating the Heat Wave

Too hot? Want to go to Alaska? Bad idea. This is the hottest period the planet has seen in 2,000 years — and it's almost the same everywhere.

The heat is widespread

In Alaska, 400 wildfires so far this year, with new ones igniting every day. Why? One of the reasons is temperatures. Alaska had its second-warmest June on record. Temperatures in Alaska hit record highs of 32° Celsius. A massive, potentially deadly heat wave has settled in over the world in Summer 2019. Temperatures in some cities have topped 105 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking records. It may get worse, with the heat rising to 110 degrees in some locations according to Accuweather.

The heat is widespread: There’s nowhere to beat the heat from Portugal to Oregon. In Spain, it’s exacerbating a dangerous 10,000-acre wildfire. Elsewhere across the continent, officials have declared heat warnings, canceled events, and set up cooling stations for people to cool down. During any summer, such heat waves are possible. But in a warming world, more are expected. People are finding temporary relief by bathing in public fountains, eating frozen foods, and trying to make the best of the oppressive weather conditions. Photojournalists have been documenting what the heat wave has looked like across the continent. And their content show how joy and hardship can coexist in a sweltering world.

As temperatures rose from the East Coast to the West Coast, zoos have had to get creative in keeping their animals safe under the extreme conditions. Elephant showers, wolf pool parties and frozen watermelons have been just a few of the idea’s zookeepers came up with. The Brookfield Zoo is combating this recent heat wave by providing chilly treats to their animals. The zoo’s animal care staff offered blocks of ice with fruits and vegetables, as well as a few filled with meat and bones to different species in residence. The Maryland Zoo is also using ice treats to combat the heat wave.


07/25/2019 3:58 PM
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  • Brut
    07/25/2019 16:41

    You're not being dramatic for complaining about the heat — hot weather can kill — and three out of four people could face life-threatening heat waves by 2100. 🔥 8

  • Tuan A.
    07/25/2019 16:42

    what does Donald trump say now about climate change?

  • Syed A.
    07/25/2019 16:45

    "The weather has not changed but it is people who are changed".....(Modi)

  • David A.
    07/25/2019 16:46

    Its called natural progression after an ice age people

  • Simbry G.
    07/25/2019 18:23

    Lol the human race isn't gonna last forever y'all. There's only so much we can do 🤷 our existance is a flash in the pan. I mean the last 3 major extinctions, ice ages, etc. this planet experienced weren't caused by humans, we have little control over what happens. I'm not denying climate change, I accept there are things we do to speed up our eventual demise as the human race, but at the end of the day... We are only temporary and the planet is gonna do what it's gonna do.

  • David F.
    07/25/2019 20:15

    But weather isn’t indicative of climate change remember

  • Ayon S.
    07/25/2019 21:25

    Weakass noobs

  • Lisset P.
    07/25/2019 22:37

    Así es los tiempos están cambiando Cristo viene pronto

  • Gérson N.
    07/25/2019 22:54

    Man made.. Now deal with the consequences

  • Phyllis A.
    07/25/2019 23:23


  • Nelson C.
    07/26/2019 00:26

    It's Mother Nature manifesting symptoms like fever caused by infection of human species. She is trying to get rid of us. The only way to live is symbiotically if not, two choices left either we perish or mother Earth dies.

  • T.
    07/26/2019 03:29

    Why are the temps written in Farenheit ? No one understands this stupid temperature scale, which is based on the coldest day in some place in Germany and the blood temperature of an horse. Imperial measurement system is such a ridiculous thing 😁

  • Siul Z.
    07/26/2019 04:17

    We definitely make the world hot🌎 🥵 in the Midwest it’s hot 🥵 but not that bad only lasts a few weeks then gone back to the ice age

  • Dee S.
    07/26/2019 04:28

    Bali has been 2° - 3° C cooler than usual

  • Shujah A.
    07/26/2019 05:38

    Meanwhile I am enjoying monsoon here in PAKISTAN.

  • Mustufa R.
    07/26/2019 13:43


  • Richmond V.
    07/26/2019 14:29

    Normally Philippines Has 130 Degree Fahrenheit

  • David M.
    07/26/2019 14:38

    We understand the manipulation. In America we are armed. We will not submit. When this too turns out to be a hoax we won't forget to call them out

  • Omar F.
    07/26/2019 18:40

    explain that to Trump

  • Lolly B.
    07/27/2019 00:21

    The end of the world