Nine more dead as heat wave continues in Japan
At least nine more people died on Friday as the heat wave continued to sweep through Japan with the temperature rising past 40 C at some locations, bringing the death toll from heatstroke so far this month to 56, according to a tally by public broadcaster
Across the country, a total of 772 people were taken to hospitals on Friday alone, after collapsing or showing what appeared to be heatstroke-related symptoms.
Of the 56 victims who have died this month, 42 were 65 years old or over, NHK said. 21 of them suffered heatstroke when they were outdoors, while 35 others were indoors.
In Tajimi city, 400 km west of Tokyo, the mercury hit 40.8 C on Friday afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The city logged Japan's record-high temperature of 40.9 C on Thursday. The temperature of 37.5 C was observed in the capital Tokyo.
The weather agency attributed the recent heat wave to the high-pressure system in the Pacific Ocean that gained strength due to the development of the La Nina phenomenon in which the temperature of the sea surface off Peru drops.
However, as the pressure gradually weakens, the temperature will likely drop on weekend to the regular average for this time of year, it said.
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