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Temps To Reach 100F (40C) In Tokyo Tmr  
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6944 posts, RR: 18
Posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

One news outlet here is reporting temps could reach close to 100F (translated from around 40C) here in Tokyo tomorrow. Last few days have been quite brutal with temps soaring around 95 in various places around Japan. Also, quite unusual in my opinion, we have seen pop-up severe storms plague the region, with lightning killing an elderly woman near the Arakawa river the other day.

This doesn't seem to be quite normal. I spent the last 2 summers before this one here in Tokyo and, although it's quite hot, it never got near this hot, nor did we see supercells. Also NTV is reporting a record number of people have been treated for heat related illnesses this year than any time the last 2 years or so.

Is this normal? Is this a monsoon-related product, or a result of El/La Nina?

Either way, to my Japanese friends on here, 気を付けて!  


One of the FB admins for PHX Spotters. "Zach the Expat!"
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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6265 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Certainly does not sound normal to me, but I am not expert on Japanese meteorology. The summers have always been lovely in my experience. I hope it cools down before I arrive at NRT in a few weeks time!

User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Is this normal?

I would say it is unusual, but not unheard of.

I've always been a weather nut and kept a lot of notes over my life.

In 1983 we have five straight days in Yokosuka over 100, over 103 in downtown Tokyo. I think every day from July 4th to August15 was over 95. There were heat / humidity pop-up small severe thunderstorms in the Kanto several days that summer.

In 1984 we had no days over 95.

In 1985 we had two days over 100, and about 6 over 95.

In 1986 we had five days over 100 - only two consecutive, no more than 15 over 95 - but we had a lot more thunderstorms. One of the most impressive I saw was over Tokyo Bay while I was at the top of Mount Fuji in mid-August. It was 6 AM and this very visible thunderstorm formed over the Bay.


I would think that the heat/ humidity within the Tokyo Metroplex is increasing each year, because of the increased urbanization, not 'climate change'. The more and bigger buildings they build - the more heat is retained over night, and makes it hotter the next day.

Green space does not hold has much heat and helps allow the residual heat to dissipate at night.


User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 868 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

I'm drinking a Strong Zero now, hopefully that will "cool" me through the day tomorrow  

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Quoting Westjet_737 (Reply 3):
I'm drinking a Strong Zero now, hopefully that will "cool" me through the day tomorrow

Don't u know alcohol isn't supposed to cool you off  
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 2):
Green space does not hold has much heat and helps allow the residual heat to dissipate at night.

That may explain why they just planted like 50 trees down the street from my house along the side of the road....



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1757 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4):
Don't u know alcohol isn't supposed to cool you off

True it doesn't cool you off - but it makes you not care you are hot.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7951 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
Last few days have been quite brutal with temps soaring around 95 in various places around Japan. Also, quite unusual in my opinion, we have seen pop-up severe storms plague the region, with lightning killing an elderly woman near the Arakawa river the other day.

This has happened every other summer that I've been here. Pop up t-storms have generated tornadoes in Gunma, Chiba, and Yamagata that I can recall off hand.

Three summers ago in the Nagoya area (typically one of the hottest cities on the Japanese map) there were temps over 40 in the suburbs in Gifu three consecutive days. That same summer there was an incredible run where we had four consecutive nights of Texas-sized thunderstorms.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
I hope it cools down before I arrive at NRT in a few weeks time!

I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you...lol



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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6944 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1670 times:

It didn't get quite to 40 here but it did somewhere in yamanishi.

I didn't quite understand the news report yesterday; did it say a few more died from heatstroke, or were they just repeating the previous information?



One of the FB admins for PHX Spotters. "Zach the Expat!"
User currently offlinetxjim From United States of America, joined May 2008, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

I was on vacation in Kyoto last week with what seemed like record temps. We altered plans accordingly and had a good time (although I wish the Palace Side Hotel was closer to a bus line...)

Returned to the Dallas area Saturday with temps in the low 70s F. Go figure....


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18704 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 5):
True it doesn't cool you off - but it makes you not care you are hot.

But it makes you THINK you're hot.  

Does it at least cool down at night?


User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

Meh, predicting temps of 34C today in Ottawa Valley, heat index 44C (111F).


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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Right now it's 90°F in Minneapolis, yes right now, at 12:03 a.m. the hell o'clock in the morning.

Up side is, lots of the Twin Cities area's hotter residentettes are dressing for it 

[Edited 2013-07-17 22:04:43]


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