Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Japanese government said Tuesday a major heat wave that's scorched the island nation this summer has killed almost 60 people since the beginning of last week.
The heat wave, which has brought temperatures greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, has made the summer of 2019 unusually hot. Statistics released by Tokyo Tuesday cite 57 deaths and more than 18,000 hospitalizations since July 29.
Temperatures in Kumagaya City and Isesaki City reached 101 degrees Tuesday, while Fukushima and Osaka registered readings of 98 and Tokyo 95.
The Meteorological Agency said clear skies in northern and eastern Japan made temperatures hotter. Rain from a tropical storm cooled off some locations along the western coast. Authorities warned residents of more hot temperatures Wednesday, and suggested they stay hydrated and air-conditioned, or in the shade.
Authorities said the number of those hospitalized is the second highest since 2008. More than half were 65 or older.