Temperatures soared across much of Japan on Sunday, with the Kanto region experiencing its hottest day of the year so far.
Kiryu in Gunma Prefecture recorded Kanto's highest temperature of 35.2 degrees, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Tatebayashi, also in Gunma, baked in 35-degree heat.
In Tokyo, the mercury rose to 31.9 degrees at 2 p.m.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 164 people were taken to hospital in Tokyo and six Kanto prefectures Sunday to be treated for heat exhaustion.
Hokkaido also experienced soaring temperatures, with Obihiro and Ashoro recording 36.3 degrees. In Fukui, it was 35.5 degrees, Fukushima 34 degrees and Nagoya 33.1 degrees.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency is urging people to take precautions against heatstroke by drinking plenty of water and using the air conditioner.© Japan Today