Thursday, 28th May 2015
In Weather In Japan,
Tokyo's temperature hits 30 degrees for first time this year
The mercury topped 30 degrees C in Tokyo this week for the first time in 2015, marking the beginning of the hot season.
Japan's capital was not the only location in the country to bake in the sunshine, as places across the country reported similar temperatures on Tuesday (May 26th).
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that thermometers showed 30.1 degrees in central Tokyo at 1pm on the 16th consecutive day for higher-than-average temperatures in the Kanto region.
A total of 928 points across Japan are monitored by the agency and no fewer than 88 of them have topped 30 degrees this week.
Isesaki in Gunma prefecture reached 32.3 degrees; Tajimi in Gifu prefecture recorded 32 degrees; and Kyoto was marginally cooler at 31.5 degrees.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency is reminding people to drink plenty of water and use their air conditioning units when necessary.
Visitors to Japan should also be aware of the raised temperatures and take precautions against dehydration, sunburn and heatstroke.
Local media has reported instances as a direct result of the hot weather, including 35 school children being admitted to hospital for heat exhaustion.
It occurred in Sue in Fukuoka prefecture as the pupils were taking part in a sports event outside at 11am.
The agency reported that some 50,000 people needed treatment for heat exhaustion between May and September last year.
Holidaymakers can expect temperatures to drop again in October.