Mercury Hits This Year's High of 40.7 Degrees in Japan


Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)--Temperatures rose as high as 40.7 degrees Celsius on Thursday in Tainai in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, hitting a record high so far this summer in the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The temperature, marked at 1:16 p.m. (4:16 a.m. GMT), matched the ninth-highest figure ever recorded by the agency. The highest reading is 41.1 degrees posted in the city of Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on July 23 last year.

The previous high for this year was 40.3 degrees, recorded in the Takada district of Joetsu the previous day.

Hot air generated by large-scale Typhoon Krosa flowed into areas on the Sea of Japan side of the Hokuriku central and Tohoku northeastern regions, sharply lifting temperatures there, the agency said.

The mercury hit 40.4 degrees in Tsuruoka in Yamagata Prefecture, north of Niigata and part of the Tohoku region, and 40.1 degrees in the town of Shika in Ishikawa, central Japan.

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