This summer 2018, Japan is experiencing dramatic natural disasters, one after the other. After deadly floods, dramatic landslides and a strong quake 10 days ago, now a deadly heatwave is currently sitting over the country and doesn’t seem to decrease in intensity. Two people died and about 2,000 people suffered heatstroke or exhaustion on Sunday, as a heatwave continued scorching Japan during a three-day weekend. The weather agency warned people to take measures to prevent heatstroke and exhaustion, as the hot weather is expected to continue through next Sunday.
Temperatures rose above 35°C in many parts of western and eastern Japan with the highest for Sunday at 38.8°C recorded in the city of Fukuchiyama, Kyoto and the town of Ibigawa, Gifu.
Of the 927 monitoring points nationwide, 200 logged highs of at least 35°C.
The extreme heat made it harder to carry out relief operations in the regions ravaged by the recent flooding and landslides.
A blistering heatwave has hampered the disaster-relief efforts in parts of Japan. Many are in shelters after torrential rain destroyed thousands of homes. A number of people have died and at least 2,000 suffered heatstroke in 35-38C temps. Jo pic.twitter.com/xJ7nRDhYIr
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) 16 juillet 2018
In the hardest-hit prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime, a total of 184 people, including volunteers removing and cleaning up debris, were taken to hospitals, as the mercury reached 36.0°C in some areas. Aichi was the worst hit city with 166 people hospitalized.
Six people died and over 1,500 were treated for illness from the heat on Saturday, with the highest temperature of 38.7°C logged in Tajimi, Gifu.
#Japon?? après les inondations, la #canicule ??️jusqu’à 38.7°C à Tajimi (Gifu prefecture) ce 14 juillet, et record mensuel de chaleur de juillet battu à #Kyoto avec 38.5°C battant les 38.3 du 26-07-2014 (mesures depuis 1881; record absolu 39.8 le 08-08-1994) #Japan #heatwave pic.twitter.com/LhzyOPLQx7
— Etienne Kapikian (@EKMeteo) 14 juillet 2018
The weather agency warned people to take measures to prevent heatstroke and exhaustion, as the hot weather is expected to continue through next Sunday.
Meanwhile, it is so hot in China that this man got stuck in the melting tarmac, while trying to cross the street: