Mercury Climbs above 30 Degrees C in Many Parts of Japan
Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)--Sunshine spread across the Japanese archipelago on Thursday, pushing up the mercury to 30 degrees Celsius or higher at some 70 pct of observation points in the country, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The number of observation points with thermometer readings of at least 30 degrees came to about 640, the highest figure so far this year.
Temperatures hit 35.9 degrees in the town of Mihama in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, and 35.6 degrees in the western city of Kyoto. The mercury climbed to 35 degrees or higher in many other areas as well.
In the Chugoku western region, where the rainy season is believed to have ended the same day, the city of Tottori saw the mercury hit 35.5 degrees.
Forecasting that the hot weather would continue in the western and central regions, the agency warned of heatstroke by issuing a high temperature alert.
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