Japan heat wave kills more than a dozen

Children enjoy bathing in the fountain at a park in Tokyo on July 26, 2014. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

After setting records for high temperatures last summer, Japan is experiencing another brutal heat wave that has killed at least 15 people in the last week, according to reports.

On Saturday alone, when much of the country's temperatures topped 95 degrees Fahrenheit, as many as 11 people died, according to Bloomberg, citing local media.

More than 8,000 - nearly half of whom were age 65 or older - sought treatment at hospitals for heat-related symptoms in the last week, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said, according to Agence France-Press.

Tuesday is expected to bring more heat, with temperatures again reaching 95 degrees in some parts of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, according to AFP.

The meteorological agency has also issued warnings and advisories of severe thunderstorms and flooding throughout most of the nation. An afternoon tornado alert for the Tokyo region was also posted on its website.

Last summer, temperatures topped 105 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country.


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