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    Image: A girl cools off in the Unisphere fountain at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as a rainbow streaks across the water in the Queens borough of New York

    Summertime fun

    Staying cool at the beach, in the river, at the lake and elsewhere as temperatures soar.

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    Shade and sun -

    A couple rest under umbrellas on the beach in Whitstable, England.
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    Giddy-up -

    A girl rides the Looff Carousel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif. The carousel made its debut in August 1911, built by Charles I.D. Looff, a master woodcarver from Denmark. Looff had already made his name with his first complete carousel placed at Coney Island in New York.
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    A visitor rides a water slide at a water park built inside the National Aquatics Center, better known as the Water Cube, in Beijing, China. Asia's largest water park, built within the grounds of the Beijing 2008 Olympics swimming venue, enjoys more than 5,000 visitors daily.
    Diego Azubel / EPA
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    Ahhhh -

    A girl cools off in the Unisphere fountain at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as a rainbow streaks across the water in the Queens borough of New York City.
    Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
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    Heads up -

    Fans react as a solo home run ball hit by Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis off of Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero lands in the stands during the second inning of their game at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., July 6, 2011.
    Adam Hunger / Reuters
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    Going with the flow -

    A boy swims at the river mouth between the river Drim and Ohrid lake in Struga, Macedonia.
    Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters
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    Hang on -

    Riders on the Hi-Miler get their thrills at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif..
    Mindy Schauer / The Orange County Register via Zuma Press
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    A tall shower -

    Robbie Russell, of Portland, Ore., looks up at Oneonta Falls near Corbett, Ore.
    Rick Bowmer / AP
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    Here's looking at you, kid -

    Kynnlee League, 2, has fun with her boer goat, Gabe, before competition during the Open Goat Show at the Lincoln County Fair, near Stanford, Ky.
    Clay Jackson / The Advocate Messenger via AP
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    Bring on DMB -

    A crowd disperses some energy batting beach balls before the Dave Matthews Band show at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J.
    Ben Fogletto / The Press of Atlantic City via AP
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    Row, row, row your boat -

    A family paddles on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park on the first day of summer when the San Francisco Bay Area experienced its first heat wave of the season with temperatures in the 70's at the coast and up to 100 degrees in inland areas.
    Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
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    Cool dude -

    Six-year-old Hector Moreno plays in the downtown Nampa fountain in Nampa, Idaho, when temperatures were in the low 90s.
    Greg Kreller / Idaho Press-Tribune via AP
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    Seeing fireworks -

    A couple smooch during the Independence Day fireworks display in Independence, Iowa.
    Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters
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    Drinks for laptops -

    Madison Cook, 11, top, and her brother Bryce Cook, 13, await customers for their coffee and assorted fruit-flavored drinks in Spokane, Wash. "We're just hanging out trying to make some money to buy arts and crafts supplies and laptops," Bryce said.
    Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review via AP
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    Blowin' in the wind -

    Children play with giant bubbles as the sun sets at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, Calif.
    Mike Blake / Reuters
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    Lavender fields forever -

    A girl jogs through a lavender field near the Crimean city of Bakhchisaray, Ukraine.
    Sergei Supinsky / AFP - Getty Images
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    Gone fishing -

    Frank Santos of Cumberland, R.I., fishes with his daughter Mya and son Nolan at Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods State Park, R.I.
    Steven Senne / AP
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    Unofficial start of summer -

    Inner tubers are flipped around in a drop off as they float down the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, at the start of Memorial Day Weekend.
    Eric Gay / AP
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    Time for tanning -

    Sunbathers soak up rays at a swimming pool in the western German city of Moehnesee.
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    Swinging for the stands -

    Brianna Simmons swings at the ball while Aryana Lent catches during a baseball practice game in Kingman, Ariz.
    Jc Amberlyn / AP
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    Lazy days -

    A couple enjoys the sun at Schlachtensee lake in Berlin.
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    Time to play -

    Alivia Moore swings in 80-degree temperatures in Warren, Ohio.
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    Dive right in -

    An Afghan boy jumps into a public swimming pool in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    Omar Sobhani / Reuters
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    Get yer snow cones here! -

    A concessions worker sells snow cones on a hot day at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
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    Playing in the sand -

    Abby Dugauay, 3, of Flint, Mich., has fun while instructing her aunt, Ariana Davis, to cover her arms with sand at Bluebell Beach in Genesee Township, Mich.
    Ryan Garza / AP
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    Where sea meets sand -

    A woman walks along a wave break in the Baltic Sea at the seaside resort of Glowe on the Island of Ruegen, Germany.
    Stefan Sauer / EPA
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    Cooling off in the city -

    A child plays under the spray of a fire hydrant in Manhattan amid soaring temperatures.
    Andrew Kelly / Reuters
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    Time to plow -

    An Amish farmer plows his field behind six draft horses in New Wilmington, Pa.
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    Boy's best friend -

    Cobe Mahan, 10, of Costa Mesa, Calif., and his rescue dog Rozie, hang together on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif.
    Mindy Schauer / AP
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    Which flavor? -

    Sophia Santos, 4, smiles after getting an ice cream cone at the Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco, Calif.
    Eric Risberg / AP
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    Too hot to horse around -

    Horses stand in front of electric fans in their stalls at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston.
    Michael Dwyer / AP
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    Sliding into summer -

    Isaiah Ray, 8, races down a Slip 'N Slide near his home in Winona, Minn.
    Andrew Link / AP
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    Beat the heat -

    Visitors take a dip in a public swim area at Berlin's Wannsee lake.
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    Just splashin' around -

    Angie Cole holds her daughter, Lauren, as they play in the water at Matthew C. Patterson Park in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.
    David Coates / AP
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    Sensational sunset -

    The sun sets beyond a Ferris wheel at a fair in the northern German city of Hanover.
    Julian Stratenschulte / AFP - Getty Images