Hundreds taken to hospitals as heat wave hovers over Japan


About 600 people had to be hospitalized after succumbing to warm-weather related illnesses such as stroke and exhaustion as a heat wave covered Japan on Saturday, according to a Kyodo News tally.

Many locations across the country Saturday logged their highest temperature this year, with 113 of the 929 weather observation spots nationwide reporting highs exceeding 35 C, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As for the hottest spots, according to the weather agency, the temperature hit 38.2 C in Hita, Oita Prefecture; 38.1 C in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture; and 37.9 C in the city of Kyoto. Central Tokyo recorded 34.2 C.

The weather agency said temperatures in Japan will remain high on Sunday and urged people to take precautions against heat stroke.