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Japan warnes of power crisis as temperatures soar across country
Heatwaves are most common in summer when high pressure develops across an area - Pic. Pixabay

Japanese authorities warned on Monday (June 27), the possibility of power crunch at a time when the country recorded unprecedented temperatures and Tokyo witnessed the shortest rainy season in its history.

This comes as temperatures soared across the nation Saturday (June 25), reaching 40.2 C in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, marking the first time in the history of Japan’s climate records for the mercury to rise above 40 C in June.

Previously, the hottest June temperature ever recorded was 39.8 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, on June 24, 2011. On Saturday (June 25), the city recorded 38.4 C, its hottest temperature of the year.

Central Tokyo registered a high of 35.4 C. Not since records began in 1875 have temperatures exceeded 35 C in the capital so early in the year.

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The Tokyo Fire Department reported that at least 126 men and women ages 4-94 had been hospitalized for suspected heatstroke on Saturday in Tokyo.

Of these people, four men and women in their 50s to 80s are seriously ill, it said.

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In Toba, Mie Prefecture, a man in his 90s died of heatstroke.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has advised people to drink water frequently, use air conditioning and refrain from venturing outside.

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