Mercury rises as Japan sees midsummer heat in May

People walk below a large screen in Tokyo's Akiharaba district on Saturday that shows temperatures were forecast to rise above 30 C across the nation that day. | KYODO. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

TOKYO, May 11, 2020, The Japan Times. Temperatures across Japan soared Monday, with many areas in the Kanto region topping 30 degrees Celsius — levels on par with those of midsummer days, The Japan Times reported.

As of noon, the mercury had hit 31.7 degrees Celsius in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture; 31.1 C in Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture; 30.5 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture; 30.7 C in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, and 28.1 C in Tokyo, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The sudden jump in temperatures prompted warnings from the agency for the public to take measures needed to prevent heatstroke.

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