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Image caption A child runs through a waterfall in a Washington DC park. The US is currently experiencing a serious heatwave, with dangerously high temperatures of almost 38C (100F). Cities on the country's east coast are particularly hard-hit, with New York, Philadelphia and Washington all experiencing unbearable heat. Unusually, they are even hotter than Phoenix, Arizona, and Miami in Florida. People in affected areas have been urged to stay hydrated, stay indoors as much as possible, and to try and take care of vulnerable people, including those who are ill, very young, or elderly. With residents trying to cool down in whatever way they can, public pools and fountains have been extremely busy. Full story

21 July