Soaring temperatures across Japan last week resulted in 1,196 people being taken to hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday.
The highest number of people taken to hospital for heat exhaustion between May 25 and May 31 was 103 in Aichi Prefecture, followed by 84 in Tokyo, 74 in Osaka and 66 in Saitama, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.
On May 25 and 26, the temperature surpassed 30 degrees at 88 of the Japan Meteorological Agency's 928 monitoring points across Japan. The agency said that temperatures in the Kanto region were the highest for May since records started being kept in 1876.
Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials are urging people to drink plenty of water and use the air conditioner, if necessary.
Last year, more than 50,000 people were taken to hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion between May and September, according to the agency.© Japan Today