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Numerous cities across Japan saw record rainfall and temperatures last month as a result of torrential rains followed by heat waves, the Meteorological Agency said Monday.

Average temperatures in the Kanto-Koshin, Hokuriku and Tokai regions in the last 10 days of July were the highest since officials began compiling comparable data in 1961.

Chiba set a local record by averaging 27.7, as did Sendai at 25.3, while Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, tied its record at 23.8.

In Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, the mercury rose to 39.4 on July 22, the highest ever for the area for July.

In Tokyo, temperatures topped 35 for four straight days starting July 21, tying a record streak set in August 1978 and August 1994.

The amount of rainfall in July saw record levels at four observation points — Wakkanai, Kitamiesashi and Omu in Hokkaido, and on Miyake Island.

Between July 10 and 16, six observation points recorded their heaviest rainfall per hour ever.

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