Japan swelters in hottest temperatures for 150 years

Japan swelters in hottest temperatures for 150 years
# 29 June 2022 23:28 (UTC +04:00)

Millions of people are sweltering under Japan's worst heatwave for almost 150 years, in the latest early-season hot weather streak to hit the Northern Hemisphere this month, APA reports citing Sky News.

In Japan, fears of power shortages in order to keep air conditioners running are growing, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for a ramp-up of nuclear power.

Most of the country's nuclear plants were switched off after the March 2011 tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear accident.

"The electricity demand and supply situation is expected to be the toughest in the last three days (of this week)," an
industry ministry official told reporters.

Tokyo recorded temperatures above 35C on Wednesday for a fifth straight day, totalling the country's worst extreme heat event in June since records started in 1875.

The mercury is not expected to drop to 30C until into next week

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