Unseasonably hot weather continued across Japan on Friday, with temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius in some areas before noon.
Weather officials are urging people to take precautions against heatstroke.
They say temperatures reached 30.9 degrees in Oita Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 29.3 degrees in Tokyo and 29.1 degrees in Kyoto.
The officials are forecasting daytime highs of 31 degrees in Tokyo and Fukuoka, and 30 degrees in Osaka.
Temperatures are expected to rise above 35 degrees in some parts of western, eastern and northern Japan on Sunday. The unusually hot weather is expected to continue until Monday.