Heatwave kills four in Japan, as temperatures topped 40 deg C in two cities
TOKYO (AFP) - A heatwave stifled Japan on Sunday as the temperature topped 40 degrees Celsius in two cities, leaving at least four people dead over the weekend, officials and reports said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the temperature reached 40.6 degrees in Kofu, 100km west of Tokyo, in mid-afternoon.
The weather agency had warned early Sunday that the temperature would soar past 35 degrees in 39 of the country's 47 prefectures. It warned people to drink plenty of water and use air-conditioners.
On Saturday, the mercury topped 40 degrees for the first time in Japan since August 2007, when it had reached an all-time high of 40.9 degrees in two separate cities.