Japan logs historic high temperature amid heat wave

The heat wave, which has persisted for weeks, has already claimed dozens of lives across Japan all while the country reels from destruction brought by torrential rains earlier this month. More than 40 people have died in Japan and about 10 in South Korea.

On top of the deaths, thousands of Japanese people have been rushed to hospital suffering from heatstroke symptoms.

The heatwave also comes a mere two years before Tokyo is expected to host the Summer Olympics.

More than 40 people have died so far during a heatwave in Japan that produced the hottest day since records began today.

Of the JMA's 927 observation points across Japan, 627 logged temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, accounting for almost 70 percent of the total, and 241 registered readings surpassing 35 degrees Celsius.

At least nine people died in seven prefectures and 1,843 people were sent to hospitals on Monday, according to Kyodo News.

He said: "The actual total human toll may not ever be known as heat-related fatality reports are historically underdone since not all deaths are correctly attributed to heat and some result from accelerating serious health issues and the fatalities show up weeks later". Numerous victims have been elderly people who were not using air conditioning. On Monday, the United Kingdom registered its hottest temperature of the summer, as a town in Suffolk hit 92 degrees (33.3 Celsius).

"Heat exhaustion and stroke, dehydration, migraines, loss of sleep and mood adjustment can all occur due to risky heat", he said. Cosett Romero from Mexico said she and her family were getting headaches. The country's disaster management agency has encouraged people to use air conditioning, drink enough water and take regular rest breaks at work.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike acknowledged Monday that the recent heatwave was "exactly like living in a sauna".

"It's hard to us because we don't have this heat in Mexico", she said.

She said that the city has been working to address heat concerns for both fans and athletes.

They've got other plans, such as trying to develop road surfaces that absorb and reflect less heat, and planting tall trees by the side of roads.

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