Saturday, August 18, 2007

New Record!

On August 16, 2007, the highest temperature was recorded in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture and Kumagaya in Saitama prefecture. The new record is 40.9 degree which renewed the old record in Yamagata, 40.8 degree for the first time in 74 years. Here is an article about the former record in Yamagata.

This intense hear has lasted quite long. It is almost over 30 degree everyday in Kanto, east and south part of Japan. These hot days cause heatstroke everywhere. There are 18 people died because of heatstroke in total in Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa, Mie, Shiga, Ohsaka, Hyogo, Saitama, Gunma, Tokyo, Akita, and Kyoto at the present.

Specially, old people and children tend to get ill with this heat. What is the problem about old people is they don’t use air conditioner. They think it is not healthy to keep turning on air conditioner and it costs money. Some even close the windows suffering thief coming in at night.

Summer in Japan is terrible with humidity. Even if the temperature is really high, you may not feel so uncomfortable without humidity. However, it is disgusting and unpleasant just with it. It is like you are having a sauna all the time.

Take lots of water and eat properly to survive summer in Japan!


Ragge said...

Wow! That is warm! When I got outside this morning it was 4 degrees, thats low even for Norway, but then now, 12 hours later, it is 23 which is much warmer than normal. Very strange weather this summer. We have had rain almost every day up until now, and I managed to catch a cold last week.

Let's all hope it is natural changes in the weather and that it's not too late to stop over-polluting the planet...

Tony said...

wow that is warm... here we are having autumn weather rather than summer, with just too much rain.... and only the prospect of more...
take care in your heat wave

kayanon said...


Yeah, obviously it's too hot! It was over 35 degree today in Tokyo. Having over 30 degree days is no wonder anymore. I even feel 27 degree sounds cool!

Exactly, we should take actions before destroy nature cycle. Even small things can make difference!

kayanon said...


Thanks tony. I sometimes feel dizzy while I am walking outside for a long time.

I just hope this heat wave will let up soon!