Japan records 35°C for the seventh day in a row

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The Japanese government has relaxed face mask rules outside amid warnings of rising temperatures (Picture: Getty Images)

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.

TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 27: A young woman is seen using a portable fan to freshen up at Tokyo's popular Shibuya district on June 27, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. The capital of Japan has been hit by a heat wave with temperatures well over 30 degrees Celsius in the past few days. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

People in Japan were already wearing face masks before the pandemic (Image: Getty Images)

A pedestrian under a cooling spray in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan, on Friday July 1, 2022. The government issued a heatstroke alert for several regions of the country, including the nation's capital, urging people to do so do health care in scorching temperatures. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Temperatures of 40°C have been forecast in the western city of Nagoya (Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 30: People walk on a street leading to Sensoji Temple under the hot and scorching midday sun on June 30, 2022 in Tokyo's famous Asakusa district in Tokyo, Japan. The capital of Japan has been hit by a heat wave in recent days, with temperatures well above 35 degrees Celsius and almost 40 degrees Celsius in some places in Tokyo. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

But temperatures are expected to cool down after this weekend (Picture: Getty Images)

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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Justin Scacco

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