Japan heat wave pushes temperature to record high 41.1 degrees

Jul 24, 2018, 00:28
Japan heat wave pushes temperature to record high 41.1 degrees

The temperature in metropolitan Tokyo Monday hit 105.4 degrees in the western city of Ome, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Japan logged its highest-ever temperature of over 41°C on Monday as a deadly heat wave continued to grip wide areas of the country, claiming the lives of more people. That broke the previous record of 41.0 C in Ekawasaki on the island of Shikoku on August 12, 2013.

Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, in central Japan, also baked under 40.7 degree heat by 1:40 p.m.

Dozens of locations in Japan set record highs Monday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, and 241 individual weather stations hit at least 95 degrees (35 Celsius).

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The country has been enduring record-breaking temperatures of up to 40.7C (105F) after almost a week where thermometers have not dipped blow 38C in places. The worst of the heat wave is expected to be over this week.

The pan-nation heatwave has also led to at least 40 deaths, with 11 people dying from suspected heatstroke on Saturday alone, reported The Japan Times. Nine high-school students were sent to a hospital with heat-related symptoms after attending a baseball game in southern Japan that was.

"The elderly and those with pre-existent conditions, such as asthma and heart failure, are likely to face declining health due to exacerbation of their conditions due to weather", Myers said". Japan's Kyodo News agency has tallied more than 40 deaths in Japan.

"For the athletes, they're trained but for spectators who are cheering on the road, we may not necessarily be able to say the same", she said at a Monday press conference.

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Olympic officials and Tokyo's local government are touting measures from solar-blocking paint on roads to mobile misting stations to tackle the heat.

What are Tokyo average temperatures? "The morning low in Seoul was 29.2 C (84.6 F), a record for the country's capital, according to South Korea's weather agency".

Late last week, a heat wave in Scandinavia resulted in new all-time high temperature records, over 90 degrees, as far north as inside the Arctic Circle.

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