The temperature in Obihiro, Hokkaido, was 38.3 C at 1 p.m. Photo: FNN/YouTube
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Japan gripped by heat wave; mercury tops 39 C in Hokkaido town

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Abe and Trump talking climate change? No way, Trump doesn't believe in it. Abe is too much of a lapdog to bring it up either. Sad when leaders lack the guts to lead.

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Interesting article, but the weather always is an intriguing topic!

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Yes, I agree it is unusually hot. It would be nice to hear what the reason is. Has the wind flow changed?

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clouds of photochemical smog in parts of the country.

"haze in the atmosphere accompanied by high levels of ozone and nitrogen oxides, caused by the action of sunlight on pollutants."

I've received several disaster warning this week.

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3C over the Hokkaido record and a national record? Wow, abnormal really is the new normal. I doubt Obihiro will be overly blessed with air conditioning, so I hope everyone up there is sensible and doesn't overdo it. It'll be planting time and a weekend which people will have scheduled for it, so extra warnings would be wise.

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Thinking that Tokyo is going to be ultrahot this summer, I was thinking about spending at least part of summer in Hokkaido. Now Hokkaido is hotter than Tokyo. Are the words "summer" and "simmer" related?

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Hotter summers mean snowier winters because heat causes precipitation. Should be some epic snowboarding in about seven months.

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Yeah, it’s unusually hot. However, just because the record was broken in one part of japan does not mean people should jump on the global warming bandwagon. Weather is cyclic and may take hundreds or thousands of years to go through a cycle. There is no evidence to prove this is an unprecedented event because records only go back a little over 100 years.

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Do the hustle: "However, just because the record was broken in one part of japan does not mean people should jump on the global warming bandwagon."

It's not a bandwagon, friend, climate change is fact. 99% of scientists agree, and only scientists hired by fossil fuel industries beg to differ, or morons who believe a president with an IQ lower than his age. Deniers are disgusting, and the cause of a lot of problems we face today.

Anyway, it looks like it's going to cool down to "normal" tomorrow, but this makes you have to worry about what's coming this summer, especially with all the super typhoons and increase in disasters thanks to climate change.

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However, just because the record was broken in one part of japan does not mean people should jump on the global warming bandwagon.

Just because a few astronauts have orbited the planet does not mean people should jump on the Earth-is-round bandwagon.

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"I agree it is unusually hot. It would be nice to hear what the reason is."

The CLIMATE is WARMER than usual? Ohh me ohh my I wonder. It's a super difficult question. Does anybody have any ideas? Any at all? Any Wild Guesses? We're Grasping for straws here. What could this possibly be? No Idea. Man this is hard. Got the ol Noggin Chuggin. The Gears are a'turnin. Quite the Puzzler.

IF ONLY there was a group of experts on this matter, who have years of education and experience, who perform studies and research to understand what's happening, and could give us an overwhelming consensus answering this exact question, and then tell us constantly for a decade straight.

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Hokkaido even hotter than Okinawa, but never vice versa.

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That is crazy hot. Wow.

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Japan gripped by heat wave; mercury tops 39 C in Hokkaido town

And we haven't even gotten to June yet. This is really scary.

Thinking that Tokyo is going to be ultrahot this summer, I was thinking about spending at least part of summer in Hokkaido. Now Hokkaido is hotter than Tokyo. Are the words "summer" and "simmer" related?

The wife and I have decided to spend our summers in Vancouver from now on until we move out there permanently. I recommend vancouver summers .

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Wow that's unreal, the weather maps show the mid to northern parts of Japan are getting the hot temperature, while the southern parts are enjoying the mild weather

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