Photo/IllutrationChildren play in a water fountain in Fukushima city to cool down. (Shigetaka Kodama)

Much of the nation sizzled May 25 as temperatures reached 35 degrees for the first time this year due to a high-pressure front.

The mercury hit 35 degrees in Taketa, Oita Prefecture, while 413 locations around the nation were basking in at least 30-degree heat by 3 p.m.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, temperatures hit 34.6 degrees in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, and 34.5 degrees in Bungo-Ohno, Oita Prefecture, Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, and Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, and 34.3 degrees in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, and Saijo, Ehime Prefecture.

The capital's Nerima Ward recorded a temperature of 33.1 degrees, while Ome in western Tokyo experienced 32.4-degree heat. In Chiyoda Ward, the temperature hit 31.9 degrees.

The hot weather was expected to continue into May 26 and the JMA urged those outdoors to consume liquids to prevent heatstroke.