Record high temperatures in São Paulo, Brazil’s (and South America’s) biggest city, have stretched well into February 2014, with an impact being felt on both water and power supplies to the wider state.

See how paulistas, paulistanos and city visitors have been coping with the hot weather.

Filmed on location: Avenida Paulista, Parque Ibirapuera and USP Central Campus, São Paulo. All photography © Ben Tavener 2014. (Music: Cruel Summer/Bananarama © London Records 1984)