The highest temperature ever recorded in Japan was felt in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, when the mercury hit 41.0 degrees at 1:42 p.m. on Aug. 12.
It was also the third consecutive day for the city on the island of Shikoku to swelter under heat exceeding 40.0 degrees. Temperatures reached 40.7 degrees on Aug. 10 and 40.4 degrees on Aug. 11.
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 Aug. 12, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The daily highs reached 39.8 degrees in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture; 39.6 degrees in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture; 39.3 degrees in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture; 39.1 degrees in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture; and 39.0 degrees in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture.
Temperatures of 35 degrees or higher were recorded in 243 of the 927 observation spots throughout the country by 4:10 p.m. on Aug. 12. On Aug. 11, the number was 297, the most this summer.
Daily highs of around 35.0 degrees are expected to continue around the Japanese archipelago this week.
The lowest temperature in central Tokyo on Aug. 11 was 30.4 degrees at 11:49 p.m., the hottest low ever for the area. It was also the first day for the temperature not to drop below 30.0 degrees in central Tokyo.
In Kobe, the lowest temperature on Aug. 11 was 29.2 degrees at 5:18 a.m., also a record high for the city.
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