July 17, 2013. Heat over the past week in Japan claimed the lives of 16 people, from the beginning of July with heat stroke were admitted to hospital more than 13.6 thousand people, such data are released in Japan Fire Department, in charge of the ambulance service.
In just the first half of July from the heat 19 people died.
According to the data released earlier in June, heat stroke in the hospital received more than 4.2 thousand people. It is more than 2 times higher than in June last year. In June the average temperature across the country was 30 degrees.
However, The onset of July brought record heat — above 35 degrees throughout most of the country. In the prefectures of Yamanashi, Gunma and other temperature steadfastly kept around 39 degrees. The thermometer in the Japanese capital has reached the mark of 35.5 degrees. Last week there were reports of mass hospitalizations after school sports on the street or on field trips outdoors.
On July 8, the number of hospitalized with heat stroke every day was about a thousand people. Meteorologists were compared with the sudden heat of the hottest summer in the history of the country in 2010. This week the temperature has returned to the annual average for this time of the year — about 30 degrees.