Western Japan records hottest summer ever

September 2, 2013
Families cool off in Tokyo on July 14, 2013, as temperatures in the city soar. The West of the country has had its hottest ever summer, official figures show.

The west of Japan had its hottest ever summer this year, official figures showed Monday after a season in which heatstroke killed dozens and hospitalised tens of thousands nationwide.

The from June to August was 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the seasonal average, with the mercury hitting a record 41 degrees C (105.8 Fahrenheit) in western Kochi on August 12, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

That broke the old high of 40.9 degrees Celsius in August 2007 registered in two central Japanese cities.

One week in August saw temperatures of 40 degrees or more for three straight days in parts of Japan.

Of the nearly 54,000 taken to hospital suffering from heatstroke over the three months from late May, 87 people died, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

Japan's west covers the business hub of Osaka and the ancient city of Kyoto as well as Kyushu and Shikoku, Japan's third- and fourth-largest islands.

Eastern Japan also had a hot summer, with average temperatures 1.1 degrees C higher than normal, making it the third hottest on record, the weather agency said.

The hot summer followed an early end to the , sparking fears over dwindling water supplies that saw scientists resort to cloud seeding to top up reservoirs that serve the 35 million people of greater Tokyo.

However, in western Japan a number of days of very heavy rainfall caused problems, with and flooding in places.

Yamaguchi prefecture in the west of Honshu recorded 14.3 centimetres (5.6 inches) of rain in an hour on one occasion in July.

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2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 07, 2013
The average temperature from June to August was 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than the seasonal average...

And deniers will claim AGW to be fear mongers gone wild. More like the deniers can't project 1.2C into the future more that a few days. Project Global Warming trends 10, 20, 50 199 YEARS into the future and life begins to shut down. That is not fear, that is fact.

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