Extreme weather breaks city record of nearly 150 years — Analysis

Japan’s government has asked people to keep their air conditioners on during the most severe June heatwave recorded.

The newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that fire officials said 80 people aged 12 to 95 were admitted to hospital for possible heat-related diseases in Tokyo. On Tuesday, reports claimed that another 76 were in the hospital.

At 1pm, Tuesday’s temperature reached 35.1 Celsius (95.18 F) The Japan Meteorological Agency predicts that the heatwave will continue, with Tokyo temperatures reaching 36 Celsius (96.8 F) Wednesday and Thursday. 

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Saturday was the hottest June day, with temperatures of 40.2 Celsius (104.36 F) at Isesaki. This city is about 95km (51 mi) from Tokyo. 

The authorities encouraged people to continue to save energy, despite the heat. Residents were asked to switch off any unnecessary lighting or electronic devices during certain hours and days. 

Koichi Hagiuda, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, however, encouraged users to use air conditioners. 

“Apparently there are some elderly people who have turned off their air conditioners because we are asking people to save energy, but please – it’s this hot – don’t hesitate about cooling off,”Hagiuda stated, as quoted from Reuters.

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