The Japanese government is trying to ask citizens to conserve electricity in order to prevent the country from experiencing extreme heat.
The government has declared that the Tokyo metropolitan area will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius on multiple occasions this summer. This declaration means that the Japanese government expects citizens to use less electricity than normal in order to limit energy consumption. Although people are asked to conserve electricity, some may find ways to do so without reducing their standard of living.
Extreme heat in Tokyo:
The announcement comes as the Japanese capital experiences its hottest day on record with temperatures soaring past 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The Japanese government is urging citizens to use air conditioning as much as possible and not leave their homes during the hottest hours of the day. The Japanese Meteorological Agency has warned that the heatwave could bring health risks such as sunstroke and heat cramps.
The Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco] region is served by the economy and industry ministry, which advised residents to conserve energy, particularly when demand rises in the late afternoon and early evening. At that time, reports stated that reserve producing capacity in Tokyo and the surrounding area risked falling as low as 3.7 per cent; below 3 per cent, power shortages and blackouts are possible.
Yoshihiko Isozaki, the deputy secretary of cabinet reports:
“We would like to ask people to limit their energy use during the evening hours when the reserve ratio decreases”.
This is the earliest that the rainy season has ended ever since record-keeping began in 1951 and was also 22 days earlier than the norm.
To be considered energy-saving measures, Isozaki advised businesses and families to turn off lights, air conditioning, and other appliances during nonuse. He also cautioned people to be mindful of heat stroke.
Over the past few days, the heat has spread to neighbouring rural areas. Isesaki, a city in the Gunma prefecture north of Tokyo, had the nation’s highest extreme temperature for June the day prior at 40.2C.
In order to prevent heatstroke, officials have been advising people to take off their masks when they are outside, but some people were still wearing masks on Monday.