In some parts of the northern hemisphere, the hottest days of summer have already set records this year. In others, the highest temperatures are yet to come. The sunshine brings people outdoors, to cool off at the beach, on a high mountain glacier, or in a park fountain. Gathered here are a handful of images of summer 2015, from Spain to Siberia, France, Canada, China, and more.
A beluga whale sprays water towards visitors at the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, on July 20, 2015. Tokyo's temperature climbed over 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius) on July 20, one day after the end of the rainy season.
Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty
Andrew Scordilis uses a Jetlev Flyer during a performance for the press at the Stoermthaler Lake in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, Germany, on July 17, 2015.
Jens Meyer / AP
A boy wearing a lotus leaf on his head holds onto another leaf on a hot summer day in Beijing, China, on July 2, 2015.
Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters
A caged cat, a part of rural Thai ceremonies praying for rain, looks out as villagers parade in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on July 2, 2015. Under the scorching sun, dozens of Thai villagers, dressed in flowery shirts and traditional costumes, paraded the white cat caged in a bamboo-woven basket door-to-door and let neighbors splash water on the feline, while chanting an ancient tune: “Rain, rain, come pouring down. We barely had any this year. Without rain, our rice will die.”
Sakchai Lalit / AP
A woman carrying a parasol crosses a street on a hot summer day in Tokyo on July 15, 2015.
Thomas Peter / Reuters
A street artist dressed as an ancient Roman takes some refreshment from a fountain in front of the Colosseum in Rome on July 17, 2015.
Alberto Pizzoli / AFP / Getty
Sunflowers under a blue sky in Wehlen, Germany, on July 17, 2015.
Arno Burgi / AFP / Getty
A boy cools off in the Bosque Fountain in New York’s Battery Park on July 20, 2015.
Brendan McDermid / Reuters
Women sunbathe in Tignes, southeastern France, on July 21, 2015.
Loic Venance / AFP / Getty
People enjoy the warm sunny weather in the futuristically designed Badeschiff (“pool ship”) on the Spree river in Berlin, Germany, on July 2, 2015.
Fabrizio Bensch / Reuter
The sun sets on the Washington Monument after a summer storm came through the area on June 23, 2015, in Washington, DC.
Evan Vucci / AP
A woman sunbathes on a beach along the Bassin d’Arcachon Sea during a warm and sunny day in Arcachon near Bordeaux, France, on July 1, 2015.
Regis Duvignau / Reuters
Visitors crowd China’s Dead Sea tourist resort in Daying county to escape high temperatures on July 11, 2015 in Suining, Sichuan province, China.
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Residents at the Ter Biest house for elderly persons refresh their feet in a swimming pool on a hot summer day in Grimbergen, Belgium, on July 2, 2015.
Yves Herman / Reuters
Visitors swim in an artificial wave pool at the Isla Magica theme park in Seville, Spain, on July 21, 2015.
Cristina Quicler / AFP / Getty
Steve Jones, of Whitby, Ontario, dips his head into a cooler of a vendor while trying to beat the heat during the sixth inning of the bronze-medal baseball game between Cuba and Puerto Rico at the Pan Am Games on July 19, 2015, in Ajax, Ontario.
Julio Cortez / AP
People enjoy the sunny, warm weather on a small island of the lake Ammersee near Munich, Germany, on July 21, 2015.
Christof Stache / AFP / Getty
Firefighters from the Plumas Hotshots watch for flying embers as a Saddle Fire backfire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Hyampom, California, on June 13, 2015.
Noah Berger / Reuters
A zookeeper sprays water onto Twiggy, a 42 year-old Asian elephant, to help it cool down in its enclosure at the zoo in Belgrade, Serbia on July 20, 2015.
Marko Djurica / Reuters
People visit La Grotte de Glace (“Ice Cave”) on June 8, 2015, on the Mer de Glace (“Sea of Ice) glacier in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, French Alps. At 7 kilometers long and 200 meters deep, the Sea of Ice glacier is France’s largest glacier.
Philippe Desmazes / AFP / Getty
People sunbathe at Levante Beach on July 22, 2015 in Benidorm, Spain.
David Ramos / Getty
Christopher Madoer, 5, of Phoenix tries to keep cool as temperatures climb above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) on June 16, 2015, in Tempe, Arizona,
Ross D. Franklin / AP
Children play in a fountain beside Manzanares river in Madrid, Spain, on June 27, 2015.
Andres Kudacki / AP
A Coastal Fire Center crew leader views the Boulder Creek fire, which covered about 618 acres near Pemberton, British Columbia, on July 3, 2015.
BC Wildfire Service / Reuters
Children splash each other with water on a hot day in Hajvali, Kosovo, on July 19, 2015.
Visar Kryeziu / AP
A woman reads a magazine as she floats in the salt water of Lake Tus in the Khakassia region, southwest of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on July 18, 2015. During the summer, Russians from different regions travel to Lake Tus, famed for the curative properties of its black and blue sediments, to bathe in the salty water and smear themselves with mud.
Ilya Naymushin / Reuters
People stand on a waterslide platform at the Grugabad open-air swimming pool on a hot summer day in Essen, Germany, on June 30, 2015.
Ina Fassbender / Reuters
A woman dances in a cloud of bubbles while marching in a gay pride parade in San Francisco, California, on June 28, 2015.
Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters
People cool down in the lake of Svityaz during a hot day near the village of Valevka, southwest of Minsk, Belarus, on July 5, 2015.
Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
Cameron Pugh, 24, from Fresno, dances in the mist at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, on April 10, 2015.
Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
A woman dips her head into a fountain in Budapest, Hungary, on July 6, 2015. Over the weekend, a heat wave reached Hungary, with temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).
Laszlo Balogh / Reuters
People row a boat in El Retiro Park on July 21, 2015, in Madrid, Spain.