Extreme heat wave grips Japan

At least 44 people have died across Japan as extreme heat waves continue to grip the east-Asia nation. According to CNN, out of the 44 that have died since July 9, as many as 11 lives were claimed on Saturday alone, with the mercury remaining around the 38 degree Celsius mark in central Tokyo.

Meanwhile, the temperature soared past 41 degrees Celsius in Kumagaya, the highest ever recorded temperature in Japan. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the temperatures recorded have been around 12 degrees higher than the average temperatures.

The agency has also alerted people to take appropriate measures to counter the scorching heat. Keeping oneself hydrated, staying away from direct sunlight, and the use of air conditioners is encouraged, with the agency warning that the “potential for heat illness is higher than usual.”

With the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics due to start in two years’ time, authorities have predicted high temperatures for Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu islands, where the mercury is likely to rise up or even cross the 35 degree Celsius mark, with the Hokkaido island likely to be spared from the sweltering heat. (API)

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<p>A volunteer, for recovery work, uses a pack of refrigerant to a cool down as she takes a break in a heat wave at a flood affected area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

A volunteer, for recovery work, uses a pack of refrigerant to a cool down as she takes a break in a heat wave at a flood affected area in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 14, 2018. (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters)

<p>The thermometer reads 41.0 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Kumagaya city, north of Tokyo, July 23, 2018. Searing hot temperatures are forecast for wide swaths of Japan and South Korea in a long-running heat wave. The temperature in the city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan, as a deadly heat wave gripped a wide swath of the country and nearby South Korea. (Photo: Daiki Katagiri/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

The thermometer reads 41.0 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in Kumagaya city, north of Tokyo, July 23, 2018. Searing hot temperatures are forecast for wide swaths of Japan and South Korea in a long-running heat wave. The temperature in the city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan, as a deadly heat wave gripped a wide swath of the country and nearby South Korea. (Photo: Daiki Katagiri/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>A woman holds an umbrella as she walks along a street in Tokyo on July 23, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heatwave. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

A woman holds an umbrella as she walks along a street in Tokyo on July 23, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heatwave. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

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<p>People fill wooden buckets with water during a water sprinkling event called Uchimizu which is meant to cool down the area, in Tokyo on July 23, 2018. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

People fill wooden buckets with water during a water sprinkling event called Uchimizu which is meant to cool down the area, in Tokyo on July 23, 2018. (Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Electrical fans are seen during a heat wave, at the construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, during a media opportunity in Tokyo, Japan July 18, 2018. (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

Electrical fans are seen during a heat wave, at the construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, during a media opportunity in Tokyo, Japan July 18, 2018. (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters)

<p>A man wipes the sweat from his face in the scorching heat at a business district in Tokyo, Monday, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

A man wipes the sweat from his face in the scorching heat at a business district in Tokyo, Monday, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)

<p>People make their way in the scorching heat at a business district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

People make their way in the scorching heat at a business district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)

<p>People cool down under the cooling mist spot in Tokyo, Monday, July 13, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

People cool down under the cooling mist spot in Tokyo, Monday, July 13, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)

<p>A man wipes the sweat from his face in the scorching heat at a business district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

A man wipes the sweat from his face in the scorching heat at a business district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)

<p>People shade themselves from the heat of the sun with umbrellas as they pass the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

People shade themselves from the heat of the sun with umbrellas as they pass the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)

<p>A woman holds a portable fan at a business district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP) </p>
Extreme heat wave grips Japan

A woman holds a portable fan at a business district in Tokyo, July 23, 2018. (Photo: Koji Sasahara/AP)

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