September 23, 2022

Kim Si Woo of South Korea walks past a fan spraying mist during golf competition in Kawagoe, Japan, on July 29.
Kim Si Woo of South Korea walks previous a fan spraying mist throughout golf competitors in Kawagoe, Japan, on July 29. Toby Melville/Reuters

Tokyo is experiencing a scorching and humid first week of the Olympics, however the excessive temperatures aren’t uncommon for Japan’s capital in mid-summer.

The typical 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 normal 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 capacity to chill down by sweat and evaporation.

Although Tokyo isn’t formally in a warmth wave, the recent climate is having an influence on Olympic athletes, notably within the tennis. Organizers mentioned Wednesday they’re pushing again matches so they may start later within the day.

It got here after Spain’s Paula Badosa was compelled to retire from her girls’s singles quarterfinal match and left the courtroom in a wheelchair as a result 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 needed 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, doubtlessly reaching 33 to 34 levels Celsius (92 to 93 F) over the weekend. There aren’t presently any warmth advisories in impact for the Better Tokyo area, in keeping with the Japan Meteorological Company. 

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