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.
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.
"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)