The weather continues to make the news here (often sports and weather are deemed more newsworthy than actual news…) as the hot weather continues.
From the Asahi Shimbun:
Tokyo marks record 5th straight day of heat wave with mercury topping 35 degrees
The mercury in Tokyo climbed to a sweltering 35.1 degrees just after noon on Aug. 4, a record fifth consecutive day of a heat wave in which temperatures reached 35 or higher.
It marked the longest period of temperatures that high in central Tokyo since official records were first kept in 1875.
According to Fire and Disaster Management Agency preliminary figures, 11,672 people have been taken to hospitals after complaining of heatstroke between July 27 and Aug. 2 nationwide, of which 25 died.
OK folks, that is a wee bit hot. But I’m an Adelaide boy, so just for a bit of perspective let us consult Dr. Wikipedia:
Between 3 March and 17 March 2008 Adelaide recorded 15 consecutive days of 35 °C (95 °F) or above, and 13 consecutive days of 37.8 °C (100.0 °F) or above…
The heatwave commenced in Adelaide on 26 January 2009 (Australia Day), with a temperature of 36.6 °C (98 °F). From 27 January the temperature soared above 40 °C (104 °F) degrees for 6 consecutive days, until 2 February where the temperature dropped to 38.8 °C (102 °F). This is the longest straight run of 40C temperatures in Adelaide. On 28 January, the third day into the heatwave, the temperature reached 45.7 °C (114 °F), making it the 3rd hottest day on record in Adelaide. On that same night, the temperature only dipped to 33.9 °C (93 °F), making it the highest minimum temperature on record in South Australia. The maximum temperatures stayed higher than 30C for another six days, including two more 40C plus days (6 and 7 February)…
Remember, the Tokyo area has never had an official temperature above 40°C.
Harden up, Japanese people!