July 24, 2024


Record summer heat scorches many parts of Japan

Kaumimarg Bureau / IANS | July 07, 2024 11:12 AM

Tokyo:  Japan is facing an unprecedented heatwave, with temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius in areas from Tokai to Kanto regions on Sunday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued heatstroke alerts for 26 prefectures, urging residents to take precautions against the potentially deadly heat.

With the relentless heat showing no signs of abating, daytime temperatures are expected to soar above 40 degrees Celsius, marking the first time this year that Japan will see over 200 locations experience extreme heat, reported Xinhua news agency.

On Sunday, the mercury in Tokyo is forecasted to reach 36 degrees Celsius, as many regions from Tokai to Kanto could see temperatures exceeding body temperature, according to the JMA.

With temperatures in Maebashi and Chichibu predicted to hit 39 degrees Celsius, those in some inland areas of Kanto would potentially reach 40 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave has led to a record number of heatstroke cases in many parts of the country. Two elderly residents in the prefectures of Ehime and Tokushima were reported dead over heatstroke, while Tokyo reported 119 heat-related emergency cases on the same day, including three severe cases among the elderly.

Authorities urged residents, especially elderly people and children, to use air conditioners appropriately, stay hydrated even when not thirsty, and avoid unnecessary outings and exercise.

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