The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 2,904 people were taken to hospital nationwide in May due to heat exhaustion. Of those, three people died in Yamagata, Nagano and Aichi prefectures.
Temperatures soared in May in many parts of Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that temperatures in the Kanto region were the highest for May since records started being kept in 1876.
The biggest spike in temperatures occurred from May 19 to May 31 when 1,259 people were taken to hospital. Of the total number of 2,904, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 1,354 were aged 65 or older.
By prefecture, Aichi had the highest number at 200, followed by Tokyo (176), Saitama (170) and Osaka (141).
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