The United States and Britain are in the grip of extremely hot weather. Heat indexes in some states of the U.S. reached over 100 degrees (37 Celsius). Weather reports cite that the heat wave is expected to last until Sunday, when thunderstorms will roll over the northern states.
Britain is braced for an outbreak of wildfires as the country continues to swelter in its longest heat wave for seven years, according to news reports.
People are surprised at the way the July heat wave struck in reverse and is constantly growing hotter by the day. While some are rejoicing to the idea of having a ‘proper’ summer, others are just worried and tired of the extreme weather.
NYC during a heatwave is a special kind of hell on earth.— umair haque (@umairh) July 19, 2013
Can I just point out we aren't having a heatwave despite what the media say. We're having Summer. This is what its supposed to be like.— Lee Gardiner (@wightpie) July 19, 2013
Looks like the low had it jumping tonight,!had like 3 options to run thru.This heatwave is way to annoying,just plain stupid annoying urgh— IG: dozespecialz (@dozespecialz) July 19, 2013
Why is everyone calling this a heat wave! It actually called Summer... It's just been away for a long time that's all.— James Hyde (@silverpatriot66) July 19, 2013
Now have a look at some of the best shots from the heat wave this month:
The United States:
People cool off beside a fountain during heat wave at the Word War Two Memorial in Washington
Tourists buy bottles of water from a street vendor during heat wave on the National Mall in Washington
Two friends from Arlington, Virginia, leap into a water sprinkler for a "high ten" during heat wave at the Washington Monument
A group of people relaxes under trees near the Washington Monument
People sit by a pond at Marble Arch, in central London
People relax by a pool at Marble Arch, in central London.
Smoke rises from shrubs and trees after a fire on Mitcham Common in south London. The Met Office raised its heatwave warning for south-west England and the West Midlands to "level three"
Are you enjoying the weather or want it to finish as soon as possible? Do share your opinions in the comments section below.