TOKYO -- Scorching temperatures continued for a second straight day in parts of central and western Japan on Aug. 27, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warning of high heatstroke risks.
As of just past 12:30 p.m., the mercury had hit 37.4 degrees Celsius in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, in western Japan, and 37 degrees in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. Temperatures also topped 36 degrees in some parts of the national capital region, Shizuoka Prefecture and the city of Nagoya in central Japan. As of 12:00 p.m., the JMA had recorded temperatures of 35 degrees or higher at 37 observation points nationwide.
The agency has forecast Aug. 27 highs of 37 degrees for the cities of Saitama and Kumagaya in Saitama Prefecture on Tokyo's northwestern border, and 36 degrees in Tokyo and Kyoto. Highs in large parts of western and southern Japan including Fukuoka and Kumamoto in Kyushu were tipped to hit 35 degrees.
The JMA is urging especially those working or going outside, the elderly, young children, and those in ill health to take precautions against heatstroke. The agency advises people to drink water regularly, and also take salt if sweating a lot. Also, when indoors, use air conditioning as needed and close the curtains to block the sun, said the agency.
(By Robert Sakai-Irvine, Staff Writer)