Heat wave warnings issued across different areas in Japan

Unlike the Philippines, the country of Japan showcases a complex range of seasonal changes that rotate between winter, spring, summer, and fall. Much like the Philippines, however, summer time in Japan is hot and humid which regularly fluctuates between 21 to 32 degrees Celsius.


This time around, the summer season in Japan is especially unsafe as the Meteorological Agency of Japan issued high temperature warnings across different areas including the northern Hokkaido prefecture. The agency expects the temperature to rise as high as 36 degrees Celsius for this year especially in the areas between Hokkaido and Kinki region. While this estimated peak does not reach extreme levels of temperature similar to the summer of last year, residents of affected areas are still cautioned about the high possibilities of heat exhaustion caused by the Japan’s hottest and most humid time of the year.


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More than 400 of the 926 temperature monitoring posts installed across the country recorded a day time temperature of 30 degrees Celsius or higher. In Obihiro and Ikeda, temperatures rose to 38.8 Celsius while a northeastern coastal town in Hokkaido registered a scorching 39.5 degrees. According to the data gathered by the Meteorological Agency of Japan, temperatures reached a little over 35 degrees in the following areas: Saroma, Hokkaido Prefecture; Hatoyama, Saitama Prefecture; Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture; Date, Fukushima Prefecture; Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture. The agency likewise recorded more than 30 degrees in Chiba, Tottori, Fukuoka, and Yamanashi prefectures.


According to news reports, the heatwave which cover several areas of Japan, have caused heatstrokes to unwary residents with almost 600 people nationwide hospitalized due to what appears to be heat exhaustion. Unfortunately, at least five people were reportedly found dead with what appears to be symptoms of heatstroke. A 42 year old woman was pronounced dead after falling unconscious in her car parked at a supermarket in Ibaraki Prefecture. Another 88 year old woman was reportedly found dead in her field by some local government officials in Saitama Prefecture. In Iwate Prefecture, a woman over 90 years old was likewise found dead due to heatstroke. Two men – one in Hokkaido and the other in Miyagi – were also reported to have died due to heat exhaustion.



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