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In Pictures: Europeans cool off amid scorching heat

A man cools down in a public fountain in Lisbon, Portugal, August 4, 2018.
A man cools down in a public fountain in Lisbon, Portugal, August 4, 2018. Rafael Marchante, Reuters

As Europe swelters through a long, torrid heatwave -- with peak temperatures in Portugal nearing the all-time European high of 48C set in Athens in 1977 -- people across the continent are seeking out cool respite wherever they can find it.

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VATICAN CITY
VATICAN CITY A hat vendor talks with clients at the Vatican on August 4, 2018, as temperatures soar throughout the country. Max Rossi, Reuters

UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED KINGDOM Members of Gandini Juggling and Circa Tsuica perform amongst the fountains at Somerset House in London during hot weather in Britain on August 4, 2018. Toby Melville, Reuters

GERMANY
GERMANY An aerial view shows people at a beach on the shores of the Silbersee lake (Silver Lake) during a long-lasting heatwave over central Europe in Haltern, Germany, August 4, 2018. Wolfgang Rattay, Reuters

FRANCE
FRANCE A polar bear cools off with a snack of frozen fruits at the zoo in Mulhouse, France, on August 3, 2018, as parts of Europe continue to swelter in an ongoing heatwave. Sebastien Bozon, AFP

PORTUGAL
PORTUGAL A man cools down in a public fountain in Lisbon, Portugal, August 4, 2018. Rafael Marchante, Reuters

THE NETHERLANDS
THE NETHERLANDS Children play in artificial snow supplied by a drinks manufacturer in Best, Netherlands, on August 3, 2018, as a heatwave continues across Europe. Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

SWITZERLAND
SWITZERLAND A couple take a photograph as they stand next to a part of the Rhone Glacier, covered with insulating foam to prevent it from melting, near Gletsch, Switzerland, on August 3, 2018, as a heatwave sweeps across northern Europe. Fabrice Coffrini, AFP

BELGIUM
BELGIUM Residents at the Ter Biest house for elderly persons refresh their feet in a pool on a hot summer day, in Grimbergen, Belgium, on August 3, 2018. Yves Herman TPX Images of the Day/Reuters

SPAIN
SPAIN People are seen on a beach as night falls while temperatures soar across Europe, in Valencia, Spain, on August 4, 2018. Heino Kalis, Reuters

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