Seven more elderly people died, apparently of heat-related causes, on Wednesday around Japan as temperatures again exceeded 35, according to a Kyodo News tally of reports by local authorities.
A day after the toll exceeded a dozen, the seven additional victims, aged 79 to 91, died from heat stress, including four in the northeast — three in Iwate Prefecture and a woman in Fukushima. Another woman in Miyagi was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
The highest temperature on Wednesday was 37.7 degrees logged in Gunma Prefecture, where a woman collapsed in her home and died.
Temperatures of 35 or higher were recorded in a number of areas, especially in inland areas of Honshu, the Meteorological Agency said.
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