Japan felt its highest temperatures in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, when the mercury hit 41 degrees Celsius on Monday, as temperatures soared across parts of the country for the third straight day.
At least nine people reportedly died from heatstroke over the weekend, officials said, prompting heat warnings for 38 of Japan’s 47 Prefectures.
Shimanto, a city on the Pacific coast, suffered sweltering heat exceeding 40 degrees Celsius for the third consecutive day, hitting a record temperature of 41 degrees Celsius at 1:42 pm on August 12.
Elsewhere, area record highs of 39.4 degrees in Totsukawa, Nara Prefecture, 39.1 degrees in Iida, Nagano Prefecture, and 38.7 degrees in Yusuhara, Kochi Prefecture, were also marked on Monday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Temperatures of 35 degrees or higher were recorded in 243 of the 927 observation spots throughout the country by 4:10 pm Monday, down from 297 a day before.
In Tokyo, the temperature was recorded as 30.4 degrees at 11:49 pm on August 11, the ‘hottest low’ ever for the Japanese capital.
People were urged to keep themselves hydrated and use their air conditioners amid the heat waves.
by Maesie Bertumen