Record high temperatures for February were set in parts of central and western Japan on Sunday, as warm air from the south moved in over the Japanese archipelago, pushing up temperatures

and stoking strong winds across the country.

The temperature reached 24.8 degree Celsius in Tokyo, 23.5 degrees in Nagoya and 23.3 degrees in Minami, Tokushima Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. In the northeastern prefecture of Iwate, the mercury climbed to 22 degrees in Kuji and 21.3 degrees in Iwaizumi, levels more typical of July.

The warm air brought strong winds and heavy rain to many parts of the country, causing traffic disruptions.

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines cancelled over 70 domestic flights altogether on Sunday and a bullet train service was temporarily suspended in northeastern Japan.

Winds of up to 131 km/h were recorded in the northeastern prefecture of Aomori.

Temperatures are expected to drop back on Monday as atmospheric pressure pattern typical of winter returns, the weather agency said.

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