Western Japan records hottest summer ever
TOKYO (AFP) - The west of Japan had its hottest ever summer this year, official figures showed on Monday after a season in which heatstroke killed dozens and hospitalised tens of thousands nationwide.
The average temperature from June to August was 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the seasonal average, with the mercury hitting a record 41 degrees C in western Kochi on August 12, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
That broke the old high of 40.9 degrees Celsius in August 2007 registered in two central Japanese cities.
One week in August saw temperatures of 40 degrees or more for three straight days in parts of Japan.