This summer it is just too hot for too long! Yesterday, Japan's highest ever temperature of 41.1 C was recorded in Kumagawa, Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. Japan's previous high temperature of 41.0 C was in August 2013 in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture.
What the heck is going on? It's only July, with all of August ahead of us. This horrible heatwave has been going on for weeks and taken the lives of over 40 people in Japan. Tens of thousands of people have gone to hospitals. Last week a six year old elementary school student died after collapsing from the heat. The news reports tell of many elderly people who have collapsed or died from the heat, (although I take issue with including sixty year olds in the "elderly" group).