A record-breaking heat wave has caused temperatures to rise near 104 degrees Fahrenheit for days in many regions of Japan, prompting heavy use of air conditioners during the hottest hours. Normally, temperatures above 90-93F are rare in these areas, even during the hottest summers.

Power output by Japan’s 10 utilities peaked at a record 178.72 million kilowatts at 3 p.m. Monday, marking a new high. The output surpassed the previous record of 173.07 million kilowatts on August 25th of last year, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies.

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