KAWASAKI, Japan (Reuters) – The Tokyo metropolitan area will be the hottest city in the world for the first time in a decade on Friday as temperatures reached a record-breaking 38.1 degrees Celsius (101.6 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally of data from around the world.
Hotels around the globe posted record-setting heat on Thursday.
The United States posted a scorching day with an average temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius in Washington DC, and the United Kingdom recorded a record 39.5 degree Celsius on Thursday in the capital.
In Japan, a record high temperature of 41.2 degrees Celsius was set in the central city of Yokohama on Thursday and another record 38.3 degree Celsius was recorded at a nearby park in central Tokyo.
The mercury climbed to 43.7 degrees Celsius on Friday morning in Tokyo and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it was monitoring temperatures as high as 44 degrees Celsius and the wind speed reached more than 100 kmph (62 mph).
“The temperature at night is a very hot one.
Even if you are outside and in your room you will get very hot,” TEPCO said in a statement.”
You should avoid outdoor activities like hiking or picnics.
Also, if you want to stay cool you should keep your head covered.”
The country has also seen an uptick in the number of heat-related deaths.
A man in the southern city of Fukuoka, where the city’s population is 2.3 million, died of heatstroke at around 4:30 a.m.
(1430 GMT) on Friday, according the state-run broadcaster NHK.
A woman in the northern city of Tokyo died at about 4:20 a.c.
(1515 GMT) of heat stroke, while another man died at 5:10 a.p.m (1620 GMT) in Fukuokas main hospital, according a TEPCOs official.
Tokyo also reported record high temperatures at about 2:40 a.l. (4:20 GMT), and another man, identified as a 70-year-old man, died at around 2:30 am (1530 GMT).
Japan has not recorded any heatwave since January, when a record 57.9 degrees Celsius temperature hit Tokyo.
A heatwave that has killed dozens of people across Japan has prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call for the government to take the heat out of the country.
He urged residents to stay indoors and cut down on their heat consumption, but stressed the government had no plans to curb air pollution.
Abe said he would be “very careful” to avoid the heatwave and that he would step in if necessary.
“I think that the public should not be too worried about that,” Abe said.
“We are going to try to limit heat and reduce pollution.”
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEpcO) and other utilities have already started cutting electricity consumption.
A week ago, the government set an ambitious goal of reducing power consumption by 40 percent in a year.
Japan has also pledged to cut its carbon emissions by about 28 percent by 2030.
The government has said the cuts will be announced this week.
A series of measures, including the closure of all of the nations coal-fired power plants and the banning of coal cars, will go into effect in 2020.