Otters at a Japanese zoo took to the water for relief from the above-normal heat.
Watch in the video below as these lively scamps take trips up and down their water slides at the Ichikawa City's Zoological and Botanical Garden.
(YouTube Video/The Associated Press)
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Leister, the worst of the heat wave is now over, though much of the country is still averaging about 3 C (5 F) above normal.
"Fourteen locations across Japan reported all-time record temperatures during this recent stretch of heat," Leister said.
"In Tokyo, the temperature reached at least 33 C (92 F) for five consecutive days from Wednesday through Sunday," Leister said. "The temperature peaked at 35.6 C (96 F) on Friday."
Leister stated that a large area of high pressure to the east of Japan is the cause of the enhanced heat across the region.
Thumbnail image of an otter resting in the water. (Flickr/peteandlynne)
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