Across the northern hemisphere, people are doing what they can to cope with the summer weather. Heatwaves have recently struck the Midwest and East Coast in the United States and in parts of Eastern Europe. Hot summer days also bring stormy afternoons, with downpours that have caused numerous flooding problems across parts of China. For many, though, the way to beat the heat is to get outside and cool off in lakes, fountains, or water parks, or to find a place to simply live in the moment and enjoy the sunshine. Collected below are some images from these recent summer days, and of people around the world either enjoying or coping with the heat. Phoenix Fire fighter Tony Reiter dumps a helmet full of water over his head during a fire that destroyed Fiesta Asadero y Taqueria in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 27, 2011. This was the hottest day of the summer so far with a high of 115 degrees. A boy swims near an inflow from the river Drim into Ohrid lake in Struga, Macedonia, on July 12, 2011, as temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degree Fahrenheit). Yasmin Bolden, 7, has mud washed off her after a mud contest at the Wet and Wild Water Week Day Camp, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center in Birmingham, Alabama.