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Japan swelters in hottest temperatures for 150 years as early heatwave hits Northern Hemisphere

Sky News Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Japan swelters in hottest temperatures for 150 years as early heatwave hits Northern HemisphereMillions of people are sweltering under Japan's worst heatwave for almost 150 years, in the latest early-season hot weather streak to hit the Northern Hemisphere this month.
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