Record-breaking heat wave hits Hokkaido, Japan

An unprecedented heat wave has hit Hokkaido, Japan, where numerous records are being set almost every day. Very high temperatures are expected to continue for the next 14 days.

One of the most notable records on July 27 was recorded in Asahikawa.

On July 27, the city recorded 36.2 °C (97.1 °F), breaking the previous record of 36 °C (96.8 °F) set on August 7, 1989.

Other notable records include Teshio in the Rumoi region, where 33.8 °C (92.8 °F) was recorded, breaking the previous record of 32.5 °C (90.5 °F) set on August 2, 1982; Ishikari Numata in Hokkaido Sorachi, where 36.5 °C (97 7 °F), breaking the previous record of 35.7 °C (96.2 °F) set on August 7, 1989; and Kimobetsu in the Shiribeshi region, where 34.1 °C (93.3 °F) was recorded, breaking the previous record of 33.4 °C (92.1 °F) set on August 10, 1994.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued an early warning of very high temperatures from August 1 to 9, which will affect almost the entire country.

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