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Taipei is in the middle of its longest, strongest heat wave

In Taipei, it's never been so hot for so long.

By 1:45 p.m. on Friday, the mercury in Taipei had climbed to 37.7 C, marking the 14th day in a row of temperatures above 36 C.

As far as the 120-year-old weather records go, this is the longest streak in Taipei's history.

Banqiao in New Taipei had reached 35.9 C by 11:37 a.m., while Chiayi and Hengchun in Southern Taiwan also had highs above 35 C.

Central Weather Bureau data show that 2017 could go down as the hottest year in Taiwan's history.

Halfway into 2017, Taiwan has already had 16 days of temperatures above 37 C -- that's the second-most number of days ever.

First place is held by 2016, which had 20 days over the course of the year.

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