The mercury remained high across much of Japan on Monday. Authorities are urging people to take precautions against heatstroke as the hot weather is expected to continue.
Daytime highs reached 38.2 degrees Celsius in the city of Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan. The temperature was just 38 degrees in the city of Koshu in Yamanashi Prefecture and the town of Fukusaki in Hyogo. Central Tokyo had a high of 34.9 degrees.
Japanese weather officials say the unseasonably hot weather will continue in many parts of the country on Monday.
The Meteorological Agency says the temperature reached 39.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday in Saroma Town in the country's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, marking a national all-time high for May.
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Regions of central and western Japan continue to swelter in a persistent heat wave, with officials warning of the dangers of heatstroke in the areas.
The thermometer hit 41 degrees Celsius in Mino city, Gifu Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon. Gero city in the same prefecture registered 40.5 degrees.
Intense heat continues to grip Japan on Wednesday. Temperatures are soaring, especially in western and eastern Japan.
The Meteorological Agency says that by 1:30 PM, the mercury had hit 38.8 degrees Celsius in the city of Yamaguchi, 38.6 degrees in the town of Akiota in Hiroshima Prefecture, and 38.5 degrees in the city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture.
Temperatures in western Japan are expected to again rise on Wednesday to dangerous levels of up to 38 degrees Celsius. Authorities are warning people to take precautions against heatstroke.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a strong high pressure system drove temperatures up on Tuesday over wide areas of western and eastern Japan.
A scorching heat wave continues to affect wide areas of Japan on Thursday, with temperatures expected to soar as high as 39 degrees Celsius in some places.
The Meteorological Agency says strong high-pressure systems covering western and eastern Japan are to blame for the blistering sun and soaring temperatures.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency says the soaring temperatures currently hitting Japan sent 9,956 people to hospital with heat stroke in the week ending last Sunday. Of them, 12 died.
The total number of victims was 3.7 times the number logged in the previous week, and 1.3 times that of a year earlier. Nearly half were aged 65 or older, while 3,310 were required to stay in hospitals.
People in many parts of Japan are sweltering as temperatures have soared to nearly 40 degrees Celsius. The heatwave is likely to continue this week with the risk of heatstroke remaining high in areas including those hit by recent heavy rain.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says powerful high-pressure systems over Japan are bringing scorching weather to a wide part of the country.
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