Japan witnessing hottest August since WWII
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 15:54
Tokyo: This month will likely be the hottest August that Japan has experienced since 1946 when regional temperature data become available after the end of World War II, weather agency officials said, while linking it with global warming.

Under the Japan Meteorological Agency's zoning of the nation into four regions, all but one covering the southwestern island chains of Amami and Okinawa are expected to log record-high average monthly temperatures, according to a preliminary report based on 29-day data through Sunday.

Also, 84 of the 154 nationwide meteorological observatories will likely see their highest monthly averages, including figures that tie past records, according to the agency's data collected until Thursday.

The agency said the record heat might be attributable to a long-term trend of global warming, as well as high atmospheric pressures from the Pacific Ocean and continental Asia.

The temperatures exceeded the average year by 2.6 degC in northern Japan, a zone covering Hokkaido and Tohoku, 2.2 degC in eastern Japan that ranges from Kanto-Koshin to Tokai, and 2.1 degC in western Japan stretching to Kyushu.

Of the nation's major cities where monthly averages rose to their highest on record, Kyoto saw 30.0 degC, Osaka 30.4 degC, Hiroshima 30.3 degC and Fukuoka 30.4 degC.

In Tokyo, the average temperature was 2.4 degC higher than the typical year at 29.5 degC, according to the agency.


First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 15:54

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