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奈良のシカ、暑さで溝に避難

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(roadside) ditch
(側)溝
bake
熱する(後出swelteringはうだるような、debilitatingは消耗させる)
dive into ~
(ここでは)~に入り込む
a string of ~
~続き
mercury
温度計の水銀柱、気温
~ degrees Celsius
セ氏~度(後出~Cも同意)
sightseer
観光客
towel off ~
~をタオルでぬぐう
feel bad for ~
~を気の毒に思う
Japan Meteorological Agency
気象庁
Deer are seen avoiding the heat by resting in a ditch in Nara on Aug. 21. (Mainichi)

Nara deer cool down in ditches as record heat bakes Japan   

NARA — Nara Park's famous deer could be seen trying to escape the heat by diving into roadside ditches during the recent string of sweltering hot summer days in Japan.

In Nara, the mercury reached 37.9 degrees Celsius on Aug. 21, while the cities of Takahashi in Okayama Prefecture and Toyonaka in Osaka Prefecture recorded debilitating temperatures of 39.3 C.

Perhaps due to the influence of the government's "Go To Travel" tourism promotion campaign, sightseers have gradually returned to the park and its deer. One man, a Tokyo-based company employee in his 50s visiting with his wife, said as he toweled off sweat in the shade, "It's hot as hell. I feel bad for the deer, too."

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, cities across western Japan recorded their highest temperatures of the year on Aug. 21, including Nakagyo Ward in Kyoto with 38.8 C.

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