The summer of blistering heat continues across the Northern Hemisphere as more locations may have posted their highest temperatures ever reliably measured. On Monday, it was Taiwan that may have notched its toastiest temperature in recorded history. On Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates reported historically hot weather.
As Typhoon Maria approached Taiwan on Monday, the winds from its counterclockwise circulation rushed down the slopes of mountains adjacent to its east coast. As the air was compressed, it heated up and temperatures spiked. Tianxiang in Taiwan’s Hualien County registered a temperature of 104.5 degrees (40.3 Celsius), which, if verified, would be the highest temperature ever recorded in Taiwan, edging past the previous mark of 104.3 (40.2 Celsius) set in Taitung on May 9, 2004.