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Chileans battle oppressive heat in Santiago by heading to the local watering hole
Plastic pools set up by local officials are only one of the ways that kids have been cooling off during a heat wave in one of the hottest summers ever in Santiago.
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In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, a youth on her bicycle soaks herself in a water fountain at a park in Santiago, Chile. Kids are cooling off during one of the hottest summers ever in public fountains, plastic pools and open fire hydrants. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo, children play soccer in a water park set up by the municipal government in Santiago, Chile. When the news spreads through the neighborhood that a small aquatic park is being installed in the local plaza, the children are the first to show up and watch the water truck fill up the inflatable swimming pools. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo, a youth plays in an inflatable pool set up by the municipality in a public plaza in Santiago, Chile. Parents are relieved the city set up the inflatable pools during this summer's heat wave so they no longer have to explain that they dont have the time or money to go to the beach in one of the most economically unequal countries in the world. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, youth cool off in the spray of a fire hydrant in Santiago, Chile. For a few hours, kids play in the cool water during the hot Southern Hemisphere summer, forgetting they live in a concrete city. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, a girl helps her friend do a handstand in the spray of a water fountain at a park in Santiago, Chile. Kids are cooling off during a heat wave in one of the hottest summers ever in public fountains, forgetting they live in a concrete city. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo, a youth sprays his friends with a water hose in an inflatable pool set up by the local municipality in a public plaza in Santiago, Chile. Parents are relieved the city set up the inflatable pools during this summer's heat wave so they no longer have to explain that they dont have the time or money to go to the beach in one of the most economically unequal countries in the world. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, kids cool off in a pool set up near the street in a residential area of Santiago, Chile. For a few hours, kids play in the cool water during the hot Southern Hemisphere summer, forgetting they live in a concrete city. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, youth cool off in a pool set up near the street in a residential area of Santiago, Chile. For a few hours, kids play in the cool water during the hot Southern Hemisphere summer, forgetting they live in a concrete city. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo, children play in the Fuente Alemana, or German Water Fountain in downtown Santiago, Chile. Kids are cooling off during a heat wave as temperatures here reach 38 degrees centigrade (100 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

Chileans battle oppressive heat in Santiago by heading to the local watering hole

Plastic pools set up by local officials are only one of the ways that kids have been cooling off during a heat wave in one of the hottest summers ever in Santiago.

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