We had about 39 or 40 degrees C again today here in Tokyo/Saitama. Train tracks on the Tobu Tojo line got warped about 5 cm due to the heat (metal expands) and about 2000 passengers got delayed. A few people have died too, as often happens, although I’m not sure if “heat” is really a cause of death in such cases.
Right now at 17:00 my room is a cosy 34 degrees, as the sun is setting, with the A/C on 26 and a couple of fans at full speed. The kitchen, where I do not have A/C is still above 37. That is HEAT.
I’m worried about global warming, this is just not NICE.
Incidentally, TEPCO, my electricity company, put a notice in my mailbox today. They are asking customers to save electricity as a result of the earthquake in Niigata prefecture in July. All seven nuclear reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station are shut down and that has created problems for TEPCO, who has had to secure power from other plants.
The leaflet explains that between 13:00 and 16:00, they are having trouble supplying the electricity needed, so please turn down the tempereture of your air conditioners, hang up curtains and blinds in front of windows, and turn off the TV if you are not watching.
I’m sure people can do more than that. Any good ideas, dear readers…?
(Photo from www.nippon.fr showing a fridge curtain, to save electricity when you open the door of the refrigerator on a hot day.