Temperatures in many parts of Japan have hit record highs for the month of January.
Record daytime highs were registered at 26 observation points on Sunday. They included the town of Hanawa in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, where the mercury rose to 16.9 degrees Celsius.
Warmer-than-usual temperatures were reported in many other places. The city of Naha in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa had a temperature of 23.7 degrees. The daytime high for central Tokyo was 16.2 degrees.
These temperatures are usually observed from late March to early April. The Meteorological Agency predicts that the warmer weather will continue until Wednesday.
Source: NHK Video and image: ANN