Japan Records Heatwave as Temperatures Soar to 40°C

Japan Records Heatwave as Temperatures Soar to 40°C

Keep safe and cool amidst the scorching heat!

Japan is currently grappling with an unprecedented heatwave, with scorching temperatures exceeding 40°C as recorded in Shizuoka Prefecture on 7 July 2024. Heat has been one of the top concerns throughout the country as they experience highs above 35°C, stretching from the northern Tohoku region to the southern island of Kyushu.

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Scorching heat grips the nation

Japan heatwave

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Several locations witnessed near record-breaking heat. Nishinomaki in Gunma Prefecture reached a staggering 39.8°C, while Otsuki in Yamanashi Prefecture wasn’t far behind 39.2°C. Major cities like Tokyo, Kagoshima, Kyoto, and Yokohama are bracing for highs of 36°C, offering little respite from the relentless heat.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued heatstroke alerts for a significant portion of the country, encompassing 26 prefectures. These include tourist hotspots like Tokyo, Gunma, Shizuoka, and Fukuoka. The current rise in temperatures pose a serious health risk, particularly for vulnerable groups like elderly individuals, young children, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Japan urges residents and tourists to take precautions

Local authorities are urging residents and tourists to take precautions to avoid heatstroke. Staying indoors during the hottest part of the day, staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, and utilising aircondition are crucial steps to stay cool and safe from the scorching heat.

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As of 3pm on 7 July 2024, it has been reported that at least 86 people had already been taken to the hospital for heatstroke-related symptoms. As the heatwave shows no signs of immediate abating, vigilance and adherence to safety measures are paramount for the well-being of everyone in Japan.

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