How to Deal with Extreme Heat in Japan: 7 Tips for Summer Survival
Summer is a good time for vacation in Japan. One must, however, remember that summer in most areas of Japan are pretty humid and uncomfortable. How can we survive hot summer in Japan?
- 1 How are the Weather and Temperature like in Japan?
- 2 Where is the Hottest?
- 3 Facts of Heat
- 4 What to Prepare
- 5 Summary
How does Bus Terminal look like? → Busta in Shinjuku
Read this before visiting Japan this year → 5 Tips before coming to Japan
No underwear when wearing Kimono? → 9 Basic Kimono Accessories
How are the Weather and Temperature like in Japan?
Depending on area, temperature is slightly different. In northern area, for instance, in Hokkaido, average temperature for August is somewhere 20-25℃. In Okinawa, however, the average for August is around 30℃.
Typical summer weather in Japan is sunny, hot and humid. Again, humidity also varies so Tokyo is more humid compared to Hokkaido.
Where is the Hottest?
Okinawa prefecture is located far south so it seems hot. But there are other areas that are hotter than Okinawa.
Gunma, Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures have recorded the highest temperature in the past. They ranged 38-40℃.
It is said that heat wave will continue to affect most of the areas in Japan until the end of July. It will affect Japan again the end of August. So be ready.
Facts of Heat
Take a look at those points below to understand how heat affects you.
Heat could kill you
It is just heat. But it could kill you.
According to Kyodo News, the death toll has risen 30 this month. Over 2,600 people were rushed to hospitals due to heat stroke.
When the temperature rises over 35℃, more patients are hospitalized and need extra rest.
Children and the Elderly are more Vulnerable
Younger children and the elderly are usually vulnerable and they cannot take harsh weather. They are more likely to suffer from heat stroke and some might even die.
Some elderly do not like to use air conditioners. It is extremely dangerous to stay indoor without air conditioners.
Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke)
Anyone could experience heat stroke in hot and humid environment.
Symptoms include headache, dizziness, red or dry skin, weakness and mental confusion. Onset is either sudden or gradual.
Japan is typically more humid and hotter than Canada, so more Japanese are prone to heat stroke.
What to Prepare
So how should we prepare?
Here are things to remember when dealing with heat.
Drink Lots of Water
Even if you think you do not need or you do not sweat a lot, drinking water is crucial. Without enough water, you are prone to heat stroke.
As long as you drink something is great. But I do not recommend any alcohol or pops. They dehydrate you and make you feel more thirsty.
Stay indoor as much as possible during daytime. If you have to go out, do not forget to drink plenty of water and take a good rest.
Wear a Hat or Cover Head
It is amazing how a hat can save your life!
Imagine if you have no hair and no hat. Your head will be probably burning.
I have long hair but I find it is better to have a hat especially when I stay out for an extended period of time.
I have also tried to use a towel or jacket to cover my head and it worked well. Just cover your head so that it won’t get direct heat from the sun.
Find the Shade
Staying in the shade is a great way to protect yourself from sun stroke. When you are outside and cannot find the shade, you will feel tired and hot. You may feel dizzy.
Try to find the shade whenever possible because it will definitely help you on the road.
Eat Well and Sleep Well
It is always a good idea to get well-balanced nutrition and enough sleep. If you do not eat well, your body will be weaker. If you do not sleep well, your body cannot rest and prepare for the next day.
I know it is hard to sleep well due to heat. Taking a shower with cool water before sleeping helps!
Play in Water
When it is extremely hot, it is a nice idea to play in water. If you like swimming, go to ocean, river or pools. Water will definitely cool your body temperature down.
Don’t play too hard!
Don’t forget to drink water, take a rest and enjoy cool(or warm) water.
Always be Cautious
Staying indoor does not mean that you are 100% safe. If you do not drink enough water, for example, you might experience heat stroke.
If you have a headache, feel dizzy or sick, you might have heat stroke. I have grown up in Tokyo, but even for me the extreme heat is harsh and difficult to deal with.
Do not overestimate your body strength. It is better to be cautious and take an extra rest when needed.
When I was a kid, the temperature was not that high. I think that it goes up every year. We rarely had over 35℃ but now it happens sometimes if not often. This summer has been crazy, so I see 37, 38℃ in daily basis.
If you have a plan to visit Japan this year, be prepared! Check the weather and temperature because you need proper outfits.
How does Bus Terminal look like? → Busta in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Read this before visiting Japan this year → 5 Important Tips before Coming to Japan
No underwear when wearing Kimono? → Let’s Learn 9 Basic Kimono Accessories
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