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Taitung temperatures set record for 2014 at 38.3 C

TAIPEI--Temperatures in Taitung County's Dawu Township soared to 38.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, the highest recorded anywhere in Taiwan so far this year, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The high was recorded at 11:41 a.m. due to a Foehn wind, according to the bureau. Foehn winds are warm and dry gusts that descend the sheltered side of mountains into valleys.

Meanwhile, temperatures soared to 38.1 degrees in Keelung at 11:44 a.m. and to 37.2 degrees in Taipei at 11:31 a.m., both representing highs for those cities in 2014, the bureau said.

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