The Japanese government issued a harsh power supply warning on Monday, urging the public and businesses to save power as the country faces extreme heat waves.
Published by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry warning In anticipation of a surge in electricity demand, temperatures are expected to peak, especially between 4 pm and 7 pm local time on Mondays.
Power companies across the country have agreed to increase supply capacity, but said that as temperatures continue to rise, electricity supply may still be inadequate to meet demand.
“In the event of increased demand or sudden power supply problems, the reserve margin is below the minimum requirement of 3%, which can lead to power supply and tight demand.”
The reserve margin for energy supply and demand in Tokyo is expected to drop to 4.7% from 4 pm to 4:30 pm local time and then 3.7% from 4:30 pm to 5 pm local time. Ministry.
The government advised all households to save electricity by turning off unused lights, limiting the use of air conditioners, and preventing the risk of heat stroke.
Japanese Japan Meteorological Agency He also warned about “abnormal weather” on Monday. At 1:00 pm local time, downtown Tokyo was 34.7 degrees Celsius (94.46 degrees Fahrenheit), while Sano’s temperature reached 38.6 degrees Celsius (101.48 degrees Fahrenheit).
Since the Meteorological Agency began setting records in 1951, the rainy season has ended earlier than usual in many parts of Japan, including the metropolitan area, meteorological officials said.
Summer heat in Japan begins at the end of the rainy season. In 2018, the rainy season ended with a very hot summer, and several heat waves hospitalized thousands.
The government first issued a warning about electricity usage in March, when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture and several thermal power plants in the region shut down.
Reuters contributed to this report.