TOKYO – The August 2 high temperature in Kumagaya, Saitama prefecture is expected to reach 41 degrees Celsius, while high temperatures of 37 C are predicted for central Tokyo as a heat wave bakes wide parts of the Japanese archipelago.
A high pressure system has brought warm sunny weather to large parts of Japan, and temperatures are also expected to soar on August 2. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) expects the mercury to reach at least 35°C – the benchmark for an “extreme heat day” – in many parts of the country, including 41°C in Kumagaya and 37 °C in central Tokyo. The Ministry of Environment and JMA have issued a heatstroke alert for 37 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, excluding the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan. and some other regions.
According to the JMA, the maximum temperature for August 2 is forecast at 39 C in cities like Maebashi, Saitama, Kofu and Nagoya, 38 C in cities like Utsunomiya, Kyoto and Tottori, 37 C in cities like Toyama, Okayama, Fukuoka and Kumamoto and 36 C in Takamatsu and Oita, among others.
(Japanese original by Kazuo Yanagisawa, Tokyo City News Department)