Mother Nature cranked the dial up on her pressure cooker in the Kanto region once again Aug. 23 with temperatures expected to soar to 35 or even higher in some areas.
The mercury was expected to hit 35 degrees in central Tokyo and the city of Saitama, but Kumagaya in Saitama Prefecture and Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture were bracing for a body-wilting 36 degrees, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
No rain is forecast to offer a modicum of relief.
Central Tokyo remained dry Aug. 22, ending the wet streak on its 21st day, the second-longest stretch on record for August. The record 22-day rain streak was set in the dismal summer of 1977.
The fine weather has at long last been delivered by a high pressure system strangling the Kanto region.