A 32-degree Celsius record as early as 9 o’clock in the morning is nothing compared to 34.9 degrees at noon. But either would still be troublesome. Such was the Friday scenario in Tokyo, where office workers had to utilize all means possible to keep themselves from breaking a sweat as they headed for work. Not to mention the fact that the city hit 34.5 degrees the previous day.
Although the night usually provides a cool relief from heat, the Japan Meteorological Agency stated that almost 13% of the archipelago, mostly in the Kansai Region, had a taste of a moshobi wave on Friday night. Moshobi, or “days of extreme heat,” in the capital last happened in 2010 with four straight days. The agency also found that more than half of Japan hit the temperature radar past 30 degrees Celsius.
Besides discomfort during this year’s summer days, heatstroke also puts people at risk this season. The Fire and Disaster Agency has reported 7,901 heat stroke cases from the end of May through the first week of July. Just in the first week of July alone, there were 2,954 people taken to the hospital because of heatstroke. In 2010, the heatstroke cases affected 54,000 people in the country, resulting to death of 1,700 people in the entire archipelago. The elderly usually suffer the most when there is an extreme rise of temperature. Besides limitations in finding ways to cool themselves, their skin integrity has already diminished or lost the ability to regulate temperature in the body.
[via Wall Street Journal]
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