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Romania's Summer Is So Hot They're Calling It 'Lucifer'

Romanian photographers capture the country's hottest August since 1951.

by Dana Alecu
Aug 23 2017, 2:47pm

Photo by Gabriel Botezatu

This article originally appeared on VICE Romania.

While the UK is faced with what weather experts have started referring to as a "shit summer," large parts of Europe are sweltering in a heatwave, aptly nicknamed "Lucifer." Over the past month, temperatures across the middle and south of Europe have consistently reached an almost unbearable 104 degrees, breaking decades-long records in some regions and causing wildfires, droughts, and very sweaty backs.

In honor of Lucifer, we asked 17 Romanian photographers to document the way their countrymen are coping with the hottest August the country has seen since 1951. Looking at the results, it's clear that we're carrying the oppressive heat with grace, good humor, and buckets of ice water to the face.

Scroll down for a selection of the photos that were sent in.

Photo by Ana Topoleanu
Photo by Răzvan Baltăreţu
Photo by Irina Gache
Photo by Andrei C. Radu
Photo by Radu Mihai Iani
Photo by Oliver Merce
Photo by Ana Topoleanu
Photo by Ianos Rafael
Photo by Oliver Merce
Photo by Gabriel Botezatu
Photo by Răzvan Baltăreţu
Photo by Radu Mihai Iani
Photo by Eli Driu
Photo by Adrian Capusan
Photo by Eli Driu
Photo by Florin Ghebosu