Heatwave in Japan kills 30 people as warnings issued
Heatwave in Japan kills 30 people as warnings issued
Pedestrians hold shade themselves from the sunlight as they walk along a street in Tokyo.
23 July, 2018, 12:26
The mercury hit 41.1 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, at 2:16 p.m., eclipsing the previous record of 41.0 C marked in August 2013 in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, while Tokyo also logged a record-high 40.8 C in the city of Ome, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Hundreds of people have been rushed to Japanese hospitals with heat stroke symptoms in the more than week-long heat wave.
Some areas of the country reached as high as 40.7 degrees Celsius, while in the ancient capital of Kyoto it peaked at 39.8 Celsius after days of temperatures at 38 degrees or more, a level unseen since record-keeping began.
"And at even lower temperatures, the heat can be risky for small children and elderly people, and depending on the environment and activities you are doing", she warned.
"Risks of heatstrokes are particularly high", it said, urging citizens to drink enough water and use curtains and air conditioning.
The current heatwave being the hottest on record has raised some concerns about the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
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The severe weather is over, but the rain continues as scattered showers and a few rumbles are expected through the weekend. Storms become more isolated and fewer in number by the end of the week with highs warming back to the lower 90s.
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