The government declared a state of emergency affecting tens of millions of people in 20 of the country’s 47 cities and towns, mostly in the east and west.
Japan issued an emergency alert for millions of people on Sunday as much of the country was hit by near-record temperatures, while other regions were hit by heavy rain.
Japan’s national broadcaster NHK has warned viewers that temperatures are reaching life-threatening levels, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some places, including the city of Tokyo.
Stay hydrated and use appropriate air conditioning and don’t go out for activities that seem strenuous. ”
The government declared a state of emergency in 20 of 47 cities (east and west only) nationwide, affecting many cities.
Heat can damage the brain, kidneys, and other organs, causing strokes that can cause death, but it can also cause other illnesses, such as heart disease or disability. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Kiryu, in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo, reached 39.7 degrees Celsius, while Hachioji, west of Tokyo, reached 38.9 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature in Japan is 41°C.
41.1 C was first recorded in Kumagai City, Saitama Prefecture in 2018, followed by Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 2020. The temperature in the spa town of Nasushiobara is 35.4 degrees Celsius, according to the weather bureau.
Meanwhile, northern Japan continued to be affected by heavy rains, causing flooding and at least one earthquake.
A man in Akita city was found dead in a car in a flooded rice field a week after a similar storm in the western country killed seven people, police told AFP.
Heavy rains have brought record rainfall to parts of Japan since last weekend, causing flash floods, landslides and landslides.
The monsoon season in Japan every year brings with it frequent rains that sometimes cause floods, earthquakes and even death.
But scientists say climate change is increasing the risk of heavy rainfall in Japan and elsewhere because warmer air leads to more humidity.