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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
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Japan's weather and rivers heat up

Global warming may be to blame for water temperatures increasing in lakes and rivers across Japan as the Environment Ministry collates data from the past 27 years.

Some 72 per cent of those areas tested revealed a rise in temperatures during the summer months, while 82 per cent of waterways rose during the winter.

Overall, there was an average increase of one degree Celsius in the majority of lakes, rivers and ponds which were tested.

Temperatures in the sea surrounding Japan were rising too. In the summer, coastal waters were found to be 0.7 degrees Celsius higher and 1.3 degrees warmer in the winter months.

The news comes as Japan's Meteorological Agency reported record-high temperatures across the country during March.

Areas of Western and Eastern Japan enjoyed particularly warm conditions with certain areas reaching the second-highest temperatures ever recorded for that month.

Residents of the Kanto Koshin, Hokuriku and Tokai regions in East Japan will have noticed the heat as will those living in the western provinces of Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu.

Written by Mark Smith