- (roadside) ditch
- dive into ～
- a string of ～
- ～ degrees Celsius
- towel off ～
- feel bad for ～
- Japan Meteorological Agency
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.