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Extreme heat above 40 C hits central Japan again

People take to a river to beat the heat in Gero, Gifu Prefecture, on Aug. 6, 2018, as the temperature soared to 41.0 C in the central Japan city. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The mercury soared to 41.0 C in a central Japan city on Wednesday, tying with the second-highest temperature recorded in the country, amid a heat wave continuing to grip the western region, the weather agency said.

In addition to Mino, Gifu Prefecture, where the mercury hit 41.0 C, it also rose to 40.5 C in Gero in the prefecture and 38.3 C in Nagoya in the neighboring prefecture of Aichi, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The agency warned the public of the risk of heat exhaustion.

The temperature climbed over 40 C in the central region earlier this week and last week as well, after Japan recorded its highest ever temperature of 41.1 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, on July 23.

The agency forecasts that western Japan will also face high temperatures on Thursday due to the influence of a high pressure zone over the Yellow Sea.

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