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    VIDEO: Otters Take Refreshing Plunge Down Water Slide in Japan Heat Wave

    By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    August 01, 2014, 12:22:15 AM EDT

    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.

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    "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)

    Have questions, comments, or a story to share? Email Samantha-Rae Tuthill at SamanthaRae.Tuthill@accuweather.com, or follow her on Twitter @Accu_Sam. Follow us @breakingweather, or on Facebook and Google+.

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