Japan’s temperature hit 40-degrees over the weekend, reaching a record high in 6 years and claiming the lives of four people. Back in August 2007, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported two cities reaching an all-time high of 40.9 degrees. Last month also caused more than 700 people hospitalized and one dead because of heatstroke.
On Saturday, two senior citizens from western Japan passed away due to the intense heat. A 66-year old man and an 84-year old woman were both reported to have collapsed in the fields. The weather bureau warned 39 prefectures early Sunday of another past-35 degree temperature. They were reminded to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated. The use of air conditioners was also encouraged.
However, two more deaths were confirmed on Sunday both caused by heat stroke. On Saturday afternoon, a 60-year old man was found unconscious on a street in Saitama. He died after being brought to a hospital. In the city of Arita, south of Osaka, an 80-year old woman was also brought to the hospital, where she later on died. It was reported that she collapsed in her home on a Sunday morning.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a Pacific high pressure system enveloped most of the archipelago. It is also affecting some parts of eastern China. The elderly should be given utmost care as their advanced age puts them at high risk of heat stroke. Their impaired skin integrity also keeps them from properly regulating their body temperatures.
[via South China Morning Post]