Authorities in Sydney have activated a heatwave plan as temperatures soared to an almost 80-year high and thousands were hit by power outages.
Japan has issued fresh health warnings amid temperatures of 40C (106F) that extremely hot days "are expected to continue until early August." Japan has recorded its highest ever temperature during the deadly heat wave.
Extreme heat continues to grip Portugal and Spain, with little relief in sight. The continued hot, dry conditions are presenting great challenges to firefighters across Europe.
This summer, Berliners have been feeling the effects of the pounding heat. But it's only outside the city, says Tamsin Walker, that they really get to see them.
During the annual wet season, Christmas Island gets covered in a seething mass of millions of red crabs. The crustaceans cross roads and scale cliffs to reach the sea and breed in one of the world's greatest migrations.
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