The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Friday that 181 people nationwide were taken to hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion in the week from April 25 to May 1.
The agency said one death -- in Shimane Prefecture -- had also been attributed to the heat during the same weeklong period, Fuji TV reported. Of the 181, about a half were aged 65 or older. Six required hospitalization for severe symptoms.
By prefecture, Saitama had the highest number of people being treated for heat exhaustion, at 18, followed by Kyoto (14) and Aichi (11).
Agency officials said the sudden rise in temperature from the end of April affects a lot of people because their bodies are not yet accustomed to the warmer weather and they are still wearing winter clothes. Officials recommend light exercise such as walking, drinking plenty of water and using 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