Temperatures hit 40.9C in Japan, highest in 74 years

A heat wave hit Japan Thursday, with the mercury hitting an all-time high at 40.9 C for Kumagaya City near Tokyo and Tajimi City, 400 km west of the capital, topping the previous record of 40.8 C logged in northern Japan in 1933, the Japan Meteorological

Temperatures hit 40.9C in Japan, highest in 74 years
A heat wave hit Japan Thursday, with the mercury hitting an all-time high at 40.9 C for Kumagaya City near Tokyo and Tajimi City, 400 km west of the capital, topping the previous record of 40.8 C logged in northern Japan in 1933, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It is the second day that the country has seen temperatures exceeding 40 C in some areas, mainly in central and northern Japan, while a total of 43 observation points nationwide recorded the hottest reading since they started recording data.

On Wednesday, at least three people died and more than 530 people were taken to hospital apparently due to the heat, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The weather agency attributed the heat wave mainly to the effects of the high-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean that gained strength due to the development of the La Nina phenomenon in which the temperature of the sea surface off Peru drops. It predicts the high temperatures are likely to continue until weekend.

Agencies
Last Mod: 16 Ağustos 2007, 17:00
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