Temperature Tops 40 Degrees Celsius in Japan's Niigata


Tokyo, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--The mercury surged in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, Wednesday, topping 40 degrees Celsius in the city of Joetsu for the first time in the country this year, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The Takada district in Joetsu saw the temperature hit 40.3 degrees around 12:54 p.m. (3:54 a.m. GMT), according the agency.

The previous high for the year was the 39.5 degrees recorded in the town of Saroma, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, on May 26.

In Niigata, temperatures were pushed up by hot air caused by large Typhoon Krosa. Wet winds from the southeast dumped rain on mountain areas and turned into hot winds, the agency said.

The agency issued a high-temperature warning to Niigata and called for caution against heatstroke.

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