The hottest day of Japan’s worst heatwave since records began in 1875 is currently taking place.
Officials have issued warnings about an impending power shortfall as a result of the oppressive heat and have urged people to conserve electricity whenever feasible.
However, the government continues to urge individuals to use air conditioning to prevent heatstroke as hospital admissions rise with the heat.
Weather experts predict that the heat will continue in the following days.
Due to human-induced climate change, heat waves are now more common, more powerful, and last longer.
Since the start of the industrial age, the world has already warmed by around 1.1C, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments drastically reduce emissions.
Tokyo recorded temperatures above 35C on Wednesday for the fifth straight day, the worst record of hot weather in June since records began keeping track of such things in 1875.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in June in Japan was 40.2C in the city of Isesaki, which is northwest of the capital.
Twitter was used by online users to lament the increasing heat.
Because it’s so hot outdoors, simply outside making me feel like I’m in a sauna. I desire to take a swim, “comment from a user.
The rainy season in Japan typically lasts from June through August, but on Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) declared the season over for Tokyo and the surrounding territories.
The statement, which was made 22 days earlier than usual, signifies the rainy season’s earliest finish since 1951.
In the searing heat, cases of heatstroke have also increased; on Wednesday, emergency services reported that at least 76 patients had been brought to hospitals.
Amid predictions of a power shortage, local officials called on citizens to use less electricity on Tuesday.
However, it was urged to do so in moderation to reduce the risk of heatstroke, particularly among the older population of the nation.