The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday that 3,058 people nationwide were taken to hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion between July 6 and July 12.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the Japanese archipelago is currently in the grip of extreme heat brought on by a high pressure system colliding with warm air after a typhoon passed over southern Japan last weekend, Fuji TV reported.
The agency said that temperatures at 2 p.m. on Tuesday surpassed 30 degrees at 550 of its 928 monitoring locations across the nation, and topped 35 degrees at 95 of those locations.
The day's highest temperatures were 39.3 degrees at Tatebayashi in Gunma Prefecture, followed by 39.1 in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, 38.8 degrees in Fukushima City, 37.9 in Yamagata City, 37.8 in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, 37.7 degrees in Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture, 36.3 in Kyoto and 35.6 in Toyama City. In central Tokyo, the mercury reached 34.3 degrees.
So far, four deaths -- in Saitama, Tochigi and Shizuoka prefectures -- have been attributed to the heatwave, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.
The searing temperatures are forecast to continue until late Wednesday when unstable atmospheric conditions are expected as the season's 11th typhoon approaches from the south.© Japan Today