This year’s summer has been as bipolar as it could get. If it isn’t raining hard, the summer heat is sure to dehydrate. The Japan Meteorological Agency said on Sunday that western Japan suffered its hottest summer ever as it reached 1.2 degrees higher than the average temperature. Meanwhile, eastern Japan had 1.1 degrees higher than the usual. Hospitals have also been frequently dealing with people suffering from heat stroke due to the scourging heat.
Most of the prefectures in the Kansai region, Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu regions may be surrounded by bodies of water, but the region suffered the greatest with temperatures regularly surpassing 30 degrees Celsius. Back in August, the city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture hit 41.0 degrees. It even surpassed the 40.9 degree record of Kumagaya in Saitama Prefecture and Taijimi in Gifu Prefecture, which held the record since 2007.
Eastern Japan may not be able to beat the west’s 41 degrees, but it suffered equally from the weather resulting in heat stroke casualties. Back in July, Tokyo peaked at 34.5 and 34.9 degrees in one weekend. Japan’s northern regions – Hokkaido and Tohoku – also suffered an increase of 1.0 degrees than the average recorded temperature in summer.
According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, there were around 54,000 people taken to hospitals across the country. There were also 87 people who lost their lives because of heat stroke. The agency is said to discuss the matter and assess what caused this year’s rising temperatures.