The Gladers might have escaped the maze in "Maze Runner," but this year they're in for a whole new challenge when "The Scorch Trials" hits theaters -- namely, they must make their way across a post-apocalyptic hellscape known only as The Scorch.
But even though our current planet hasn't been burned up by solar flares just yet, there are plenty of super unbearably hot places that make the Scorch look like a walk in the park -- you know, except for the zombie-like Cranks roaming around everywhere. Here are some disastrously high temperatures you probably wouldn't want to find yourself stranded in:
Death Valley, CaliforniaGetty Images/20th Century Fox
Death Valley is home to the highest air temperature ever recorded, 134 degrees F (56.7 degrees C) in 1972. Death Valley also holds the annual Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, where competitors start the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin, and finish at the nearby Mt. Whitney. Racing through the Scorch seems pretty mild in comparison.
Dasht-e Lut, IranGetty Images/20th Century Fox
Also known as the Lut Desert, this part of the Middle East can reach ground temperatures of up to 159 degrees F (70.7 degrees C). The name of the place literally translates to "Toasted wheat," due to an Ancient Persian legend about a load of wheat left in the desert that eventually burned in the heat.
A House FireGetty Images/20th Century Fox
According to the National Institute of Fire and Safety Training, the average house fire burns at about 1,100 degrees F.
Kilauea VolcanoGetty Images/20th Century Fox
Hawaii's hottest volcano has been continuously churning out lava since 1983, and the temperature of all that molten rock can get up to 2,000 degrees F (1,100 degrees C) on the surface.
On Top Of Katniss Everdeen's DressLionsgate/20th Century Fox
Okay, so Katniss isn't technically real and she also doesn't feel the flame thanks to the magic of Capitol technology and also suspension of disblief. But that doesn't mean you can just grab onto a dress like hers all willy nilly -- orange flame tends to burn up to 2,200 degrees F (1,204 degrees C). So you'd probably want to put a glove on or something, at least.
Inside A BlowtorchUniversal Image Group/20th Century Fox
NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center/20th Century Fox
Nowhere in our galaxy is hotter than our central star, which at its absolute coolest is about 7,300 degrees F (4,000 degrees C). That's just in the darker sunspots on the Sun's photosphere, though -- the core is much hotter at 27 million degrees F (15 million degrees C). On the plus side, no Cranks, eh?
"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" hits theaters September 18.