Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos and graphics

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The Guardian

From wildfires to glacier collapses, a flurry of extreme heat events have led to deaths and disrupted lives since the start of July.

A rescue helicopter flies over the Punta Rocca glacier.

Glacier collapse in Italy

On 3 July, one day after a record-high temperature of 10C was recorded at the summit of a glacier on the Marmolada mountain in the Dolomites, a section broke loose, sending ice, snow and rocks on to a hiking trial. Eleven people were killed.

Italy glacier collapse footage
Italy glacier collapse footage.
Italian glacier collapse
A helicopter pours water into the forest fire originated in Santa Cristina d’Aro, Girona, Spain, 01 July 2022

Wildfires in Spain

Between 1 January and 3 July more than 70,300 hectares of forest went up in smoke in Spain – almost double the average of the last 10 years.

Spanish wildfires footage
Firefighters battle a fire in Valencia, one of many that have destroyed vast stretches of western European forestland in recent weeks, on 4 July.
heatwave explainer
British tourists survive avalanche in Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan

Glacier collapse in Kyrgyzstan

Five days after the glacier collapse in Italy, on 8 July a British tourist captured an avalanche caused by another glacier collapse sweeping down a mountain in the Tian Shan range.

Kyrgyzstan glacier collapse footage
Footage of the recent Kyrgyzstan glacier collapse.
Daniel Bosquez carries a plastic pool to his friend’s apartment, as San Antonio is under an excessive heat warning, Texas, 11 July

Temperature records broken in US

More than a dozen daily temperature records were broken over the weekend of 9-10 July in cities in Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Heat warnings are in place for millions of Americans across the south-west and central US.

The most recent data from the United States Drought Monitor shows that most US states are experiencing some form of drought, with the problem most acute in the south and west.

US drought monitor
A man wearing a face mask pulls a cart on a street amid a heatwave warning in Shanghai, 13 July

Roofs melt and roads crack in China

Heat alerts have been issued for scores of cities across eastern and southern China. On 11 July, a museum in Chongqing closed for repairs after sections of its tiled roof melted.

On 12 July authorities opened an air-raid shelter to escape the heat in Nanjing in Jiangsu province.

Forest fires burning near Carrazeda de Ansiaes, Portugal, 9 July 2022.

Wildfires in Portugal

Fires have been raging for more than a week in drought-hit Portugal, where about half of the country remained on red alert for extreme heat conditions on 14 July. On 13 July a temperature a temperature of 46.3C was registered in the central town of Lousa, one degree below a 2003 record.

Portugal wildfires footage

  • Firefighters in action as a wildfire burns near the village of Barracao, in the municipality of Leiria, Portugal, 13 July 2022.

The Gironde forest fires as seen from Dune de Pilat, Arcachon Bay, 12 July.

Wildfires in France

About 1,000 firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, have been battling two wildfires in the south-west.

July 14, 2022 at 03:25PM Matt Fidler, Maheen Sadiq and Anna Leach

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