Extreme heat wave, violent rains… Japan is put to the test by climate change

Japan was hit by torrential rains, fresh from a heat wave and short monsoon not seen in a hundred and fifty years. “Be aware of the risk of flooding and landslides. Be aware of strong winds, lightning and tornadoes”, warning, Wednesday, July 6, Meteorological Agency (JMA). The warning has been issued in the east and north of the country. The Tokyo area was expected to face 180 millimeters of rainfall in twenty-four hours.

Earlier in the day, JMA reported similar news for other areas: 200 mm of rain fell, for example, on the island of Hachijojima in the south of the archipelago. Even the temperate northern areas received heavy rainfall. Tropical Storm Aere is bringing strong winds and heavy rain to the northeast along the Pacific coast.

The disturbances follow nine days of unusually high temperatures across the archipelago. Thirty-five of Japan’s 47 prefectures experienced extreme heat. Isezaki in central Gunma prefecture hit 40 degrees on June 29. Four days ago, the city recorded 40.2 degrees. Tokyo suffered six consecutive days above 35 degrees. Japan has never known such a temperature at this time of year since these data were recorded as early as 1875.

Risk of power shortage

June is traditionally the month of monsoon. This year, it ended on the 27th in the Tokyo area, twenty-two days earlier than the seasonal norm. This resulted in less rainfall than previous years. Heat had health consequences. According to the Disaster Management Agency, the number of hospitalizations due to heatstroke has surpassed 20,000, again a record for June. About fifty patients died.

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Fumio Kishida’s government also had to deal with the risk of power shortages. For the first time, he called on businesses and individuals to reduce their energy use between 3pm and 6pm. Announced on 1stThere is July delivery “Points” Valued at 2,000 yen (14 euros) for participating families “Energy Saving Scheme” Can be used as vouchers nationwide. He recommended not wearing the mask outdoors or during exercise. Most Japanese people wear it on the street and in the office.

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