Tokyo is experiencing a scorching and humid first week of the Olympics, however the excessive temperatures will not be uncommon for Japan’s capital in mid-summer.
The common excessive temperature for late July in Tokyo is 31 levels Celsius (88 levels Fahrenheit). Over the previous 5 days, highs have ranged from 29.8 to 34.4 levels Celsius (86 to 94 F) — a median of roughly 1.5 levels Celsius (2.7 F) above ordinary excessive temperatures.
Compounding the warmth is the same old excessive humidity. Humidity values have ranged from 66% to 84%, making it really feel a lot hotter, and limiting the physique’s means to chill down by sweat and evaporation.
Although Tokyo is just not formally in a warmth wave, the recent climate is having an impression on Olympic athletes, notably within the tennis. Organizers stated Wednesday they’re pushing again matches so they’ll start later within the day.
It got here after Spain’s Paula Badosa was pressured to retire from her ladies’s singles quarterfinal match and left the court docket in a wheelchair because of heatstroke on Wednesday. In the meantime, Russian Olympic Committee participant Daniil Medvedev advised the chair umpire that he might end his males’s singles third-round match — however wished to know whether or not the Worldwide Tennis Federation would take accountability if he died.
What athletes can anticipate within the subsequent week: The forecast in Tokyo is for extra of the identical — temperatures will proceed to be within the low 30s in levels Celsius (86 to 92 F) over the following seven days, probably reaching 33 to 34 levels Celsius (92 to 93 F) over the weekend. There will not be presently any warmth advisories in impact for the Higher Tokyo area, in response to the Japan Meteorological Company.