Heatwave in Japan forecast to continue for a week

NHK -- Aug 01

Many parts of Japan were blanketed by sweltering heat on Sunday. Weather officials forecast that the heatwave will continue for the next seven days.

Daytime temperatures reached 38.6 degrees Celsius in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, 38.4 in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, 37.4 in Kyoto City and 35 in central Tokyo.

Temperatures rose above 35 degrees at 168 observation points across Japan, or nearly 20 percent of the total.

A daytime high of 38 degrees is expected on Monday in Kyoto City, Yonago in Tottori Prefecture and Fukui City.

The mercury will top 35 in many parts of the country.

People are advised to refrain from going outside and to avoid exercising during the daytime if possible.

They are also being urged to use air conditioners and remove masks when they are outdoors and are not talking much. ...continue reading