Japan is dealing with a heatwave of unprecedented proportions.
In the east of the country, temperatures reached 35°C for the seventh straight day, while 40°C were forecast for the western city of Nagoya.
It’s the hottest temperatures to hit the country since records began in 1875, prompting the government to issue warnings.
They warned that energy supplies will remain tight amid rising energy prices and called for the restart of some nuclear reactors that have been shut down since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
It also urged residents to relax mask-wearing rules, a contentious issue for residents who were already wearing face masks before the pandemic.
Deputy Chief of Cabinet Seiji Kihara told a news conference, “As this increases the risk of heat stroke, please take off your masks outside when you are far away from others and not speaking.”
Residents were also urged to turn off electricity as much as possible while manufacturers reduced working hours.
Some commuter train stations have been shut down and an amusement park near Yokohama closed to conserve energy.
On Thursday, the power grid for Tokyo’s 37 million residents crept near capacity that threatened outages – but the situation has now eased.
An official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) told reporters on Thursday: “Due to record temperatures, in June we had (electricity) demand almost equal to summer peaks – before we were able to generate sufficient.” Offer to collect resources. That’s why it got tight.”
It’s not the first time Japan has experienced higher-than-expected temperatures, as several events at the Tokyo Olympics last year were postponed.
Cooler temperatures and rain are expected to bring welcome relief after another hot weekend.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/01/japan-records-35c-for-seventh-day-running-16925247/ Japan records 35°C for the seventh day in a row