Just ten days ago, Taiwan was hit by Typhoon Soudelor, which left six people dead and a trail of destruction. Another typhoon may threaten the country this weekend.
Friday into early Saturday looks unseasonably wet and windy across central, southern and eastern parts of England, to the point where the Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning.
As I write this, there are no less than six tropical disturbances in the Pacific Ocean basin - ranging from minor tropical depressions, to raging typhoons.
A study by the Met Office suggests that hot summers are likely to become more common in the UK by the end of the century.
Yesterday, the UK experienced its hottest July day on record, with 36.7C (98F) at Heathrow airport in London. But as the heat broke, severe thunderstorms hit northern England and Scotland
The lack of warmth so far this summer may be compensated by a sizzling start to July, with hints from weather computer models that temperatures will soar for a time next week.