Unseasonably hot conditions gripped wide areas of Japan on Sunday, with the mercury topping 39 C in a town on the northern main island of Hokkaido, a national record for the month of May. The hot weather led to the deaths of a man in Hokkaido and another in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, and at least people across the country were taken by ambulance to hospitals to be treated for heatstroke symptoms, according to official data compiled by Kyodo News. The town of Saroma marked The previous record for May was Temperatures in the month of May had never reached 35 C in Hokkaido and the previous all-time high in the region was Of the agency's monitoring posts across the country, 53 locations, mainly in Hokkaido, registered temperatures of Temperatures rise across Japan, taken to hospitals.
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Three women died and around 10 students were taken to hospitals due to heatstroke symptoms as unseasonably hot weather continued in Japan on Monday, authorities said. The mercury topped 30 C for a fourth straight day in central Tokyo, a new record for May, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. A year-old woman found unconscious behind the wheel of a car parked at a supermarket in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, was later pronounced dead, while an year-old woman died in Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture, after being found in her field, according to the local governments. A woman in her 90s was also found dead in a field in Oshu, Iwate Prefecture, with local authorities suspecting heatstroke.