Tokyo Has Already Broken a Record For Severe Heat Days in a Year

(Bloomberg) -- Tokyo broke a record for the number of days of severe heat in a year by the mid-point of summer, underscoring the extreme weather that’s put the Japanese capital’s power grid under strain.

Temperatures reached 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) for the 14th time this year in Tokyo, breaking previous annual records of 13 such days in 1995 and 2010, according to an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency. The authority uses that temperature level to categorize days as severely hot.

Blistering heat is affecting countries across the world this summer, straining energy networks and leading to death and suffering especially in developing nations. Soaring temperatures in Europe are drying up rivers and forcing government crackdowns on air conditioning use, while people in places like Pakistan and Bangladesh are having to deal with the heat amid daily blackouts because of expensive global fuel prices.

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