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August was Japanís hottest on record

Date Posted: 2010-09-01

Itís been more than six decades since the thermometers registered so hot in Japan, with the Japan Meteorological Agency reporting the hottest temperatures on record since the end of World War II.

A preliminary report released one day before August ended shows only Okinawa and Amami managed to escape the sweltering temperatures that plagued the nation. At least 84 of the countryís 154 meteorological observatories are saying temperatures will tie or exceed highest monthly averages, a fact the JMA suggests could be attributed to long-term global warming and high atmospheric pressure coming from the Pacific Ocean and continental Asia.

Temperatures exceeded normal annual averages by 2.6 degrees in northern Japan from Hokkaido and Tohoku, 2.2 degrees in the eastern region from Kanto-Koshin to Tokai, and 2.1 degrees in western Japan and Kyushu. Osaka and Fukuoka showed the highest average temperature, 30.4C, Hiroshima 30.3C and Kyoto 30.0C. Tokyo reported average temperatures of 29.5C, some 2.4 degrees higher than normal.

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