Osaka heat wave hits record 89th day

Kyodo

Osaka continued to sizzle Monday in an unprecedented heat wave as the temperature topped 30 for a record 89th straight day, the Meteorological Agency said.

The mercury rose to 30 shortly after 10 a.m. at the agency’s observation point in Chuo Ward, where measurements began in 1968.

The observatory said the record for the number of days reaching 30 degrees is likely to extend further as high temperatures are forecast for Tuesday and beyond. The previous record was 88 days in 1999.

The agency attributed Monday’s high temperature to warm southerly winds.