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Heat wave continues across Japan

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The Japan Meteorological Agency said Thursday that unseasonably hot weather is expected to continue across across mainland Japan until at least Monday.

On Thursday, 509 out of a total 920 measurement areas recorded temperatures of 30 degrees or above, with six of those spots topping 35 degrees. The highest recorded temperature was in Oita Prefecture's Hita City, at 35.4 degrees.

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I am getting so sick of this heat, but I wouldnt call it unseasonable - isnt it like this every September? Summer seems to stretch right through into October here. I always feel like Japan takes a long time to warm up and then a long time to cool down again. Sort of like a metaphor!

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This heat really sucks.

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Each to his own.for me this weather can be all year round,I love it.

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Fall will last a week or so. This year was the hottest on the planet going back 75 years. Japan is no exception.

Get use to it, as long as oil and coal companies call the shots in most countries it will be more of the same, except even hotter. Al Gore, of course along with science, is absolutely right.

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Uniglo has been selling wool sweaters, scarves and coats for the past couple of weeks. But it happens every year. September is tropical until the very last week. This year isn't unusual. I'll be wearing my t-shirts til November. Let the fashion victims be, well, victims.

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Send those kids outside, it's sports day time!

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With my apartment being built from steel and concrete it retains the heat all night long. I swear I can feel the heat radiating from the walls... I hate this weather. A good nights sleep is almost impossible for me :(

Stroll on November and some civilized cooler weather :)

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Each to his own.for me this weather can be all year round,I love it.

Ugh, really? You must live somewhere where the humidity is lower. It's like swimming in a hot pool in Kanto all week.

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I live in Hawaii now. The summer heat here bothers me more than when I used to live in Okinawa and Yokohama.

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Every year around July-August, I seriously consider heading back home for good. The air almost feels like this oppressive force bearing down on you, like you're stepping into warm milk every time you go outside. And then there is the ridiculous take your shirt off dance every day when you get home, because it's glued to you after hours of sweating.

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Send those kids outside, it's sports day time!

Yesterday I saw on Tv reports about students participating in sports days taken to hospital suffering a heatstroke. It happens every year. Can't this be prevented? It is too hot even without physical activity, why risk the health of students organizing sports events in the hottest weather....

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minello7

I agree. I love it hot and humid and all year long would be perfect.

Perfect for wearing skimpy clothes and getting a tan.

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Too damned hot! Obon was miserable this year, our cemetery has no trees, it was awful....and now here I go again traipsing off to the cemetery for Ohigan and it's still this hot. The dog is refusing walks!

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I love the heat too. All year would be fine... and yes it's humid as hell here in Shizuoka but that's ok ;)

@JapanGal, c'mon down to Izu this weekend. Surfs up! (Don't forget to wear something skimpy!)

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make the heat stop!!

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I wish more young Japanese ladies used their lovely brains like Japan Gal! How many Japanese girls do wear skimpy clothes and bother to get tans?? Not enough in my book but maybe Japan Gal can help the others become more free?? Go! Japan Gal Go! As for me, stick to white clothes and my SHORTS ah yes, nothing like a nice pair of shorts and walk around the middle of Tokyo and show off my hairy short legs to all the sweating slave like sararimen and OLs??

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Every year around July-August, I seriously consider heading back home for good.

I'm with you, HumanTarget. Ever since the 28-degree-hell "Cool Biz" was introduced, each summer I'm left think that this one will be my last. Changing clothes multiple times per day; not getting anything done; being lethargic all day long.

At least back when we had air conditioning, you could step out of a building and spend three or four minutes walking to a train station in the heat and not start sweating yet. You ad a buffer of a few minutes before the heat would really get oppressive. Now it's hot indoors, and hot outdoors, and hot inside the stations, and the sweat never stops!

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@JapanGal: well, youve been baiting them for days with your comments on stepping out of the shower and nude sunbathing - looks like youve finally hooked a Mexican fish and a catfish with the skimpy clothing comment!

@Lovenot: yes, there was 41 collapsed yesterday in Gunma, another bunch this morning (they didnt say where), and a load the other day too in Tochigi.

The Gunma principal went on TV to apologise and said they didnt think to make the kids wear hats and take drinks. I wanted to punch her through the screen! Stupid woman. She said they need to review their policy. Yeah, Ill say you do!

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As does the idiocy of making kids participate in Sports Day practice in the baking sun and going to the hospital as a result. Fortunately it will be cooler from next week.

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It cracks me up - 40 degree heat but the show must go on. A piddly little amount of rain - whoa! Stop everything! Can`t get wet!

Kansai is Satan's crotch

Darren you crack me up!

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What bothers me about the meteorological agency is how they always say 'tomorrow will be cooler' but it is just as hot or worse. Well, okay, sometimes they admit it will be, but never in the long range forecast. But I can see it; imagine how depressing it would be to hear that it'll be 35 plus increased humidity and there's jack all you can do about it until it finally cools down a few weeks past the normal time.

Here's the general rule of thumb I've found to work in the waning days of summer: take the temperature they predict will be the high for the next day and add 4 degrees, plus humidity.

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Here's the general rule of thumb I've found to work in the waning days of summer: take the temperature they predict will be the high for the next day and add 4 degrees, plus humidity.

I have always wondered where they measure their temperatures. Because everywhere around me is higher than 35 degrees. I think they measure it on top of mount Fuji. Also saying that it will rain and me carrying an umbrella without any rain is very annoying.

One more annoying thing, weatherlike it is still hot summer, but at 5 p.m. it is very dark outside. Something is very wrong with the weather and the time.

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I really don't understand why everyone's complaining. It really ain't that hot now (last month was hot). Those that have suffered because of the heat really haven't been using a whole lot of common sense. I always rehydrate regularly and open up all my windows at home. In fact, recently, it's been pretty cool from early evening to early morning the next day. I also found that leaving earlier to work and walking more slowly during the day, keeps the body temperature rising from quick movements and sudden exertion of energy. An occasional ice cube or ice pack rubbed on the forehead and neck also helps to cool down your body.

What bothers me about the meteorological agency is how they always say 'tomorrow will be cooler' but it is just as hot or worse.

You're probably the only person I know who looks at the weather forecast for the temperature. Most people I know look or listen to it to see if it'll rain, should they carry an umbrella, is it a good day to do the wash, or to follow the movement of a nearby typhoon. I only really check the temperature of another country I'm traveling to, to see what kind of clothes I should pack.

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Come on Nicky give Japan Gal a break. Back in Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, FRANCE?? I guess Australia ?? parts of the USA etc..women now how to dress in hot and humid weather, ah yes! But here in Japan?? Wearing all BLACK and so called summer sweaters?? What the heck is a so called summer sweater?? and some times I see guys, Japanese guys thinking they are really cool here in Tokyo, middle of summer with SKI HATS! Maybe I am too old to understand these young folk?? Anyway here in Tokyo we just got some RAIN, to help cool us down like a catfish?? But I do agree with you about the ABSURDITY of having these so called Sports Days in such hot and humid weather, just accidents waiting to happen! Is this supposed to harden kids like recruits in the US army??

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I shouldn't have complained....I went to the cemetery as planned (tomorrow is Ojii-chan's meinichi) and the skies opened :-<

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Come on Nicky give Japan Gal a break.

What do you mean? Not criticising her at all - quite the opposite actually! Go JapanGal!

You are right about the clothing here though - do Japanese actually feel the cold more than we do? I was told once that caucasian bodies are about 1/2 a degree warmer than Asian ones. Have no idea if that is actually true though. I notice a LOT of women walking around in light sweaters even in 30 degree heat. I also see lots of layers and pantyhose???! How can that be comfortable???!

I have spent the summer in my denim short shorts and a variety of thin summer tops. Been as comfortable as I can be considering the heat and even the kindergarten are getting used to me turning up to pick up time in various stages of un-dress now! I have a nice light colour going but Im trying to protect my skin as much as possible now, especially given my best friend here has already had 3 skin cancers removed and my Mum called earlier this week to confirm hers has comeback (shes going to be fine though - early stages). I always go out with sunscreen on, usually a minimum of factor 30 but the sun even gets through that here! It really is insanely strong.

Those ski-hats just kill me! What are they thinking??! Probably not a lot - brain too fried!

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@LoveNot: yeah, Ive noticed that too. Theyll say its 34 degrees today, but my car says its 38 out, and it certainly feels like my car is right!

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I'm pretty sure that the temperatures they give apply to places in the shade. If you're out in the blazing sun, it's going to be a lot hotter.

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I'm pretty sure that the temperatures they give apply to places in the shade. If you're out in the blazing sun, it's going to be a lot hotter.

I think they shall give the realistic temperatures or the real feel in a city full of cars, cement, and no shadow.

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elbudamexicano, wearing black actually keeps you cooler. A black T-shirt will absorb your body's radiated heat, which will then be carried away by convective cooling (moving air passing over the T-shirt's surface and essentially taking the heat away). If you are wearing a whiteT-shirt it will reflect some of your radiated heat back into your body.

Last year it was hot until September 20th, so nothing unusual is happening. The last day I was wearing summer clothes was on October 25th in Sendai. It was a really hot day too.

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@Nicky Washida

I wouldnt call it unseasonable - isnt it like this every September? Summer seems to stretch right through into October here.I wouldnt call it unseasonable - isnt it like this every September? Summer seems to stretch right through into October here.

I've been in Japan for over 20 years and agree that the heat always carries on through September. It might be warmer in certain areas this year but it's nothing exceptional.

@zurcronium

Do us a favour and stop repeating corporate controlled media disinfo such as "This year was the hottest on the planet going back 75 years." Al Gore's "science" is junk and offensive.

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