Record high temperature in Japan as deadly heat wave grips the region

Elias Hubbard
July 23, 2018

The scorching weather in recent weeks has resulted in the deaths of at least 40 people and sent tens of thousands to hospitals.

Hundreds of people have been rushed to Japanese hospitals with heat stroke symptoms in the more than week-long heat wave.

The heatwave has toppled temperature records across the country, with Kumagaya in Saitama outside Tokyo setting a new nationwide record on Monday with temperatures hitting 41.1 Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit).

Eleven people, mostly senior citizens, died of suspected heatstroke on Saturday alone, the Japan Times reports.

Among the dead was a primary school boy who collapsed after a field trip to a park 20 minutes' walk from his school.

The weather agency issued a warning of extraordinarily high temperatures for most regions of Japan's main island.

It hit a local record of 39.8 degrees C in the central city of Gujo Sunday afternoon, while in some parts of Tokyo the temperature rose past 37 degrees. Yonhap news agency said that the temperature in Gangneung, less than 170 km east of capital Seoul, recorded the highest-ever morning low of 31 degrees Celsius at 6.45 am, reported AP.

More than 200 people were killed in the floods and mudslides triggered by record rainfall earlier this month.

Yoshihide Suga, top government spokesman, warned that extremely hot days "are expected to continue until early August".

Japan's disaster management agency urged people to stay in air-conditioned spaces, drink water and rest to prevent heat exhaustion.

The sweltering heat has raised concerns about the suitability of Tokyo as a venue for the 2020 Olympics.

"Countermeasures against heat is one of the major pillars for the success of the 2020 Olympics".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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