Japan sees record temperatures, appeals to conserve power: A lowdown

Published on Jun 27, 2022 02:21 PM IST
Earlier in March, Japan had issued a power supply warning after it witnessed critical levels in Tokyo.
Japan sees record temperatures, appeals to conserve power(AP)
Japan sees record temperatures, appeals to conserve power(AP)
Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Swati Bhasin

As Japan is sweltering under extremely hot weather conditions, the government has reportedly made an appeal to the residents of Tokyo to “conserve power”. The Japanese government and utility providers have warned of the electricity supply being “tight”. They have also reportedly offered rewards to people in order to cut back on their power usage. According to Japan's meteorological agency data, the temperatures will be as high as 35 degrees Celsius.

The country's trade ministry on Sunday announced that the “electricity supply in the capital is set to be “very tight” for 30 minutes from 4:30 pm local time on Monday, and people should conserve power to the best of their ability from 3 pm to 6 pm,” reported Bloomberg. The period around 4:30 pm is crucial because solar power generation begins to decline as the sun goes down, it further reported.

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Earlier in March, Japan had issued a power supply warning after it witnessed critical levels in Tokyo.

On Saturday, Japan witnessed the highest temperature of above 104 degrees (40 Celsius) for the first time in June. The mercury soared to 104.4 degrees (40.2 Celsius) in Isesaki - a city of more than 200,000 people which is about 50 miles northwest of Tokyo.

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The scorching temperatures — both in Japan and elsewhere — are occurring as summer has barely begun with the typically hotter months of July and August still to come. According to a meteorologist from Scotland - Scott Duncan, “Historic and dangerous heatwave gripping Northeast Asia has broken a national June record in Japan”.

Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the temperature climbed to 95.7 degrees (35.4 Celsius) - the third highest June temperature, reported Reuters.

(With inputs from Bloomberg, Reuters)

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