Four people died and 916 were hospitalized for heatstroke as a searing heatwave took its toll across Japan on Thursday, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the temperature topped 30 degrees in 682 locations nationwide, and surpassed 35 degrees in 111 locations. Thursday's highest temperature was 38 degrees in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture. The mercury rose to 37.8 in Mie Prefecture, 37.5 in Shizuoka and 35.4 in Tokyo.
The four deaths were reported in Hyogo (1), Saitama (1) and Yamaguchi (2) prefectures, Sankei Shimbun reported.
The Meteorological Agency said the heatwave is expected to continue through next week and forecast higher temperatures than average for August and September.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency is urging people to drink plenty of water, increase their intake of salt, make sure their rooms are well ventilated and use air conditioning.© Japan Today