Temperatures reach record high 41.1 Celsius amid heat wave in Japan

A heat wave in Japan pushed temperatures to 41.1 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) on Monday in a city northwest of Tokyo. This marks a record high for the country, Reuters reported, citing the weather agency. The highest temperature was recorded in the city of Kumagaya in Saitama prefecture, topping the previous high of 41 Celsius in the western prefecture of Kochi in August 2013, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Records go back to varying dates for different cities, with data for Kumagaya starting in 1896.