Temperatures soar across Japan
Temperatures soared in many parts of Japan, topping 35 degrees in 31 cities, as the nation marked the Marine Day national holiday on Monday.
The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that the highest record temperature was 38 degrees in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture. In Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, the mercury hit 36.4 degrees at 10 a.m., while Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture baked in 36-degree heat, the agency said. In Tokyo, the temperature was 33 degrees at 2 p.m.
The agency has issued an advisory to citizens to take measures to avert heatstroke. It advised the elderly to get plenty of water and salt in their diet and also advised schools to limit the time spent outside for school festivals and sports events this week.