TOKYO — Japan recorded its highest temperature ever Monday as a lethal warmth wave continued to grip a large swath of the nation and close by South and North Korea.
The mercury hit 41.1 levels Celsius (106 levels Fahrenheit) in Kumagaya, a metropolis in Saitama prefecture about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Company mentioned. That broke the earlier document of 41.zero C in Ekawasaki on the island of Shikoku on Aug. 12, 2013.
Two lingering excessive stress methods have trapped heat and humid air above the area, bringing record-high temperatures for almost two weeks. Greater than 40 individuals have died in Japan and about 10 in South Korea.
“It’s so sizzling as of late that I can’t determine whether or not I’m in (South Korea) or in Southeast Asia,” mentioned Kim Sung-hee, a pupil in downtown Seoul, the place the temperature rose to 35.7 C (96 F).
Ten individuals have died in South Korea of heatstroke and different heat-related causes this summer season, seven of them final week, the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned Monday. About 1,zero40 individuals have fallen sick due to sizzling climate from Might 20 to July 21, a rise of 61 % over the identical interval final 12 months, it mentioned.
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South Korea’s highest-ever morning low was recorded within the metropolis of Gangneung, the place the temperature was 31 C (88 F) at 6:45 a.m. The morning low in Seoul was 29.2 C (84.6 F), a document for the nation’s capital, in keeping with South Korea’s climate company.
The mercury hit 39.9 C (103.eight F) within the southeastern city of Hayang, the best temperature within the nation to this point this 12 months.
In North Korea, residents fanned themselves on crowded trolleys or protected themselves from the solar with brightly coloured parasols as temperatures in Pyongyang, the capital, reached 34 C (93.2 F). Climate studies mentioned greater temperatures have been recorded on the nation’s japanese coast.
1000’s of individuals in Japan have been rushed to hospitals with warmth stroke signs in the course of the warmth wave. Kyodo Information company has tallied greater than 40 deaths. Most of the victims have been aged individuals who weren’t utilizing air-con.
On Monday, 9 individuals died from heat-related causes throughout Japan, Kyodo mentioned. NHK nationwide tv tallied seven deaths.
The temperature reached 39 C (102 F) on Monday in central Tokyo, the best temperature this 12 months. The worst of the warmth wave is predicted to be over this week.
Vacationers in Tokyo’s historic Asakusa district struggled with the warmth. Cosett Romero from Mexico mentioned she and her household have been getting complications.
“It’s tough to us as a result of we don’t have this warmth in Mexico,” she mentioned.
Authorities warned individuals to remain inside and use air-con.
“The climate lately in Tokyo and throughout Japan is like being in a sauna,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike mentioned at a information convention that highlighted the 2020 Summer season Olympics, which open in Tokyo two years from Tuesday.
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Tokyo’s postwar excessive temperature in August averages 31.5 C (88.7 F). That’s about the identical as the common excessive in the course of the August 2004 Olympic Video games in Athens, however exceeds these of the previous three August Olympics: 30.6 C (87.zero F) throughout Beijing 2008, 23.5 C (74.three F) in London 2012 and 26.three C (79.three F) in Rio de Janeiro, in keeping with meteorological company statistics.
Koike mentioned the town has been working to deal with warmth considerations for each spectators and athletes.
The marathon and another outside Olympic occasions will begin early within the morning. Different steps embrace growing highway pavement that emits much less floor warmth, organising mist sprays and planting tall roadside bushes.
Koike additionally cited conventional methods of cooling in Japan, comparable to hanging straw screens and spraying water on highway surfaces.
“However our conventional knowledge just isn’t sufficient to beat the warmth like this,” she acknowledged, “so we can be utilizing cutting-edge expertise.”
— Kim reported from Seoul, South Korea. Related Press author Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang, North Korea, and videojournalists Nicola Shannon in Tokyo and Yong-ho Kim in Seoul contributed to this report.