Daily maximum temperatures across Japan on 23 July 2018. Graphic: WMO

By Eric Leister
24 July 2018

(AccuWeather) – The deadly heat will continue across Japan through at least Thursday, following the hottest day on record in Japan.

The highest temperature ever recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) was reported on Monday when Kumagaya reached 41.1 C (106 F).

The Greater Tokyo Area also set an all-time high temperature on Monday as the mercury climbed to 40.8 C (105.4 F).

The JMA declared the heat wave to be a natural disaster on Tuesday as the death toll reached 77, according to the Japan Times.

More than 30,000 people have been hospitalized for heat-related illnesses since 9 July 2018. [more]

Japan's deadly heat wave declared a natural disaster as death toll continues to rise

A department store employee places numbers showing a temperature of 41.1 degrees Celsius on a large thermometer board in Kumagaya, Saitama prefecture on 23 July 2018, which set a new all-time record for the hottest temperature ever measured in Japan. Photo: JIJI PRESS / AFP / Getty Images

24 July 2018 (Japan Times) – Japan recorded its highest temperature ever Monday as the mercury hit 41.1 in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, amid a deadly heat wave, the Meteorological Agency said.

Scorching weather killed 77 people and sent more than 30,000 people to hospitals across the nation from 9 July 2018 to Sunday, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and a Kyodo News tally.

At least nine people died Monday.

The heat wave also set a new record in Tokyo, where a sizzling temperature of 40.8 degrees was logged in Ome, the agency said.

The record-setting heat wave comes just two years before Tokyo hosts the Olympics.

The temperature in Kumagaya hit 41.1 degrees at 2:16 p.m., eclipsing the previous record of 41.0 set in August 2013 in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture.

The temperature also hovered near a record high in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, which saw the mercury touch 40.5 on Monday after hitting 40.7 on Wednesday, the agency said.

The heat wave has been baking the nation for weeks while survivors of the rain disaster in western Japan continue to recover from fatal floods and hundreds of land slides earlier this month. [more]

Heat wave sends mercury to all-time high of 41.1 in Saitama



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