Bryan Moran sprays his dog Rocky with water from a fountain

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Canine cool down

Bryan Moran sprays down his dog, Rocky, at a fountain on July 1 in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.


Millions of American households were without electricity this weekend as a record-setting heatwave rolled across the eastern United States.


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A man jumps from a bridge into the Danube river

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Jumping off a bridge ... for relief

A man jumps from a bridge into the Danube River on July 1 during a hot sunny day in Vienna, Austria.


Americans weren't the only ones breaking a sweat this weekend. Residents of Austria were greeted with scorching temperatures reaching 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

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A group of girls stick their feet in the refreshing waters of the WWII memorial.

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Extreme temperatures

A group of girls stick their feet in a water feature on June 29 at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.


Friday's temperatures in the nation's capital reached a high of 104 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the record of 101 degrees set almost 80 years ago.


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People take a break and cool off in a baoli

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Stepwell swimming

As the mercury rises to 107 degrees on July 1, people cool off in a baoli, also known as a stepwell, at the Nizamuddin Dargah mausoleum in New Delhi, India.


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Photos: Beating the heat around the globe
Temperatures are soaring in various parts of the globe this summer, from the U.S. to Austria to India.