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Gifu Prefecture sees highest temperature ever recorded in Japan - 40.9

In Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, Japan’s record of the hottest day ever was renewed on Thursday, when temperatures reached as high as 40.9 degrees on the afternoon, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The previous record, 40.8, was set in Yamagata Prefecture in 1933.

The record was later followed by Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, where temperatures also hit 40.9.

The local record for hottest day ever was also renewed in 25 places throughout Japan.

This is the second day temperatures go above 40 degrees in some places in Japan, after yesterday’s Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture recorded 40.2 the previous day.

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