Extreme heat recorded throughout Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun
People walk with umbrellas in the scorching heat in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday.

Scorching temperatures were recorded nationwide Tuesday, with readings topping 35 C measured across the country.

The Japan Meteorological Agency called for vigilance against heatstroke, and advised people to refrain from going outdoors.

According to the agency, the highest temperatures recorded by 3 p.m. included 39.5 C in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, and 38.8 C in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture and Ome City, Tokyo.

Inland areas of the Kanto and Tokai regions were especially affected.

The JMA and the Environment Ministry issued a heatstroke alert — which is announced on days when there is a significant risk of developing heatstroke — for Tokyo and 36 prefectures in and west of the Kanto region, the largest number this year.