Record temperatures for March recorded in 35 locations
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Tuesday that the average temperature for March reached an all-time high in 35 of 140 monitoring locations nationwide.
The agency said on its website that both east and west Japan recorded higher than the average March temperature by up to 6 degrees in some places. The record-breaking temperatures caused cherry blossoms to bloom earlier than normal in many areas.
The agency said the warm temperatures were due to high pressure systems hovering over much of the archipelago and warm air masses coming from the south.