Today, Japan is experiencing the warmest day in the worst heat wave the country has seen since records began being kept in 1875. The searing heat has prompted officials to issue warnings about an impending power crisis, resulting in appeals for individuals to reduce their energy consumption wherever possible.
However, the government continues to recommend that people use air conditioning to protect themselves from heat stroke, as the number of individuals who need to be hospitalised due to the heat rises. The intensity of the heat is expected to remain high for the foreseeable future, according to forecasters. Because of the climate change that humans have caused, heatwaves are occurring more frequently, are becoming more powerful, and are lasting longer.
Temperatures have already increased by around 1.1 degrees Celsius since the beginning of the industrial age, and they will continue to rise unless governments all over the globe make significant reductions in emissions. Tokyo recorded temperatures higher than 35 degrees Celsius for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday, making this the longest known stretch of hot weather in June since records began being kept in 1875.
Meanwhile, the city of Isesaki, located northwest of the capital, experienced a record temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature that Japan recorded in June.