Heat Wave Strikes Many Areas of Japan

Society

Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)--Sweltering heat struck Japan on Sunday, with the meteorological agency issuing high temperature warnings in a number of areas, including the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

The agency called for caution against heatstroke.

The mercury reached 35.8 degrees Celsius in Saroma in Hokkaido by 9 a.m. (midnight Saturday GMT), hitting the highest level in the town for May.

Temperatures are expected to rise to as high as 36 degrees in the Hokkaido city of Kitami and the northeastern city of Fukushima, and to 35 degrees in the northeastern prefectures of Iwate and Yamagata, the eastern prefectures of Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama and Yamanashi, the central prefecture of Gifu, and the western prefectures of Kyoto and Hyogo, according to the agency.

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