Central Tokyo experienced a record-high temperature for March at 28.1 C on Sunday as a high-pressure system brought summer-like heat to parts of the Japanese archipelago, the country's weather agency said.

The high was marked at 1:32 p.m. in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, making it the hottest temperature recorded in March since data began being collected in 1876.

People walk in Tokyo's Ginza area on March 31, 2024. (Kyodo)

The previous record-high temperature for the central area of the Japanese capital in the month was 25.3 C, logged on March 10, 2013.

The agency also said 28.6 C was registered in the Tokyo suburb of Fuchu in the afternoon.

Other cities, including Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Otsuki in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, and Miyazaki in southwestern Japan, also saw temperatures reach 25 C or higher, defined by the agency as a "summer day."