• Kyodo


The mercury soared to 41 Celsius in central Japan on Wednesday, tying with the second-highest temperature recorded in the country, amid a heat wave continuing to grip western regions of the country, the weather agency said.

In addition to Mino, Gifu Prefecture, where the mercury hit 41 C, it also rose to 40.5 C in Gero in the prefecture and 38.3 C in Nagoya in neighboring Aichi Prefecture, according to the Meteorological Agency. The agency warned the public of the risk of heat exhaustion.

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