The hot wave hits Japan
Already have plans to spend a part of your summer holiday in the land of the rising sun? You might want to reconsider this decision because Japan seems to be hit by a hot weather wave.
According to my sources, the fourteen people were injured and twenty-two people died on Sunday as a result of mountain and water accidents but also heat strokes. The temperatures hit some high level according to the reports compiles by Kyodo News and almost fourteen people died in Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Nara, Chiba, Aomori, Gifu, Yamaguchi, , Wakayama, Shizuoka and Kagawa prefectures while two other died in the mountains of Saitama Prefecture.
The local authorities suspect that three people in Saitama Prefecture died because heat strokes, one each in Chiba, Nara and Hyogo prefectures. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that in some parts of Japan the mercury reported temperature of 35 C or higher, as estimated at more than 90 of the approximately 920 observation points across the country and the hottest points were reported in Tajimi, in Gifu Prefecture, with 38.1 C, followed by the Sakuma area of Shizuoka Prefecture and Okayama with 37.9 C. In the month of July, the highest temperatures on record were in Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture at 37.3 C and Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, at 37.7 C. Because of these extreme temperatures and the atmospheric instability caused by sinking cold air, a record of 86.5 millimeters of rain fell in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, in the space of one hour in the evening, accompanied by the sound of thunder. We hope that the casualties remain at their minimum limit and that the weather will soon get better, not to much heat and not to cold for this season. Some ice from the sacred Mount Fuji might have some cooling effect, don’t you agree?11