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2 Tokyo men hospitalized for sunstroke as mercury hits 31.3 C.

TOKYO, June 26 Kyodo

Two men were hospitalized for sunstroke in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon and one is in a coma as temperatures in the capital hit 31.3 C, according to weather and rescue officials.

Passers-by found the 65-year-old unemployed man unconscious around 1:30 p.m. on a street in Taito Ward. The other was found collapsed about 2:40 p.m. also on a Taito Ward road and is in serious condition, the Tokyo Fire Department said.

Temperatures in the capital hit the highest level so far this year, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The department is appealing to the public to refrain from going out for a long time in the scorching sun, adding people should take sufficient rest and water as sunstroke can hit even in June if temperatures and humidity go up on a sunny day.

Meanwhile, the mercury kept rising in the Kanto region and westward Tuesday due to a surrounding high-pressure system that broke June highs in many cities, the agency said.

It was 36.4 C in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, the second highest ever for the month, while a new June high of 34.4 C was recorded in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan.

Thermometers read 35.2 C in Mishima, Shizuoka and Tsu, Mie Prefecture in western Japan; 35.0 C in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture in western Japan; 34.3 C in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture in the central part of the country; 34.1 C in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo; 34.0 C in the city of Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, western Japan; 33.7 C in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture in central Japan; and 33.2 C in Osaka.

The readings were the highest this year in all those cities, and temperatures in Mishima and Takamatsu were the second highest ever for June, the agency said.

On Wednesday, thunderstorms are expected in several areas including eastern Japan due to unstable air conditions caused by a cold air mass above the Japanese archipelago.

A seasonal rain front, which is becoming less active, stretched from the Kyushu region to the southern part of Honshu, the agency said.
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Date:Jul 2, 2001
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