The Yomiuri ShimbunTyphoon No. 5, which swept along the Honshu region, was downgraded to an extratropical cyclone in the Sea of Japan off Yamagata Prefecture at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
There were fears of torrential rain in the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions Wednesday afternoon as the extratropical cyclone slowly moved to the northeast. The agency warned residents in those areas of possible landslides and rivers overflowing.
Eighteen days and 18 hours passed from the typhoon being classified as such at 9 a.m. on July 21, to it being downgraded to an extratropical cyclone. This made it the third-longest lasting typhoon since records were first kept in 1951.
The areas in the typhoon’s wake, from the Kinki region to the Kanto region, had clear blue skies and sweltering heat on Wednesday.
A temperature of 38.8 C was recorded a little after 2:30 p.m. in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, and Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, reached 38.1 C. The mercury hit 37.1 C in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward. All three of these temperatures were record highs for this year.Speech