Japan urges people to switch off lights

Japan’s government has urged people in Tokyo and its surroundings to make  use of less electricity today, as it pressed that supplies will be uneasy as the country faces a heatwave.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expects demand for power to be “severe” this afternoon local time.

It said people should switch off unnecessary lights but still use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke.

In recent weeks, officials have warned of a power crisis  as temperatures rise.

Over the weekend, the temperature in central Tokyo rose above 35C, while the city of Isesaki, northwest of the capital, saw a record 40.2C. That was the highest temperature ever recorded in June for Japan.

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