TOKYO (AFP) - Sweltering temperatures across Japan have left at least three people dead while 3,000 others were rushed to hospital due to heatstroke, officials said Wednesday.
The mercury soared past 30 deg C with high humidity as the country's month-long rainy season comes to an end, after a typhoon battered the country's south earlier this month.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said three people died from heatstroke last week while a total of 3,179 people were taken to hospital, spiking from 2,473 a week earlier.
Among the dead was a 76-year-old woman who was found collapsed inside a greenhouse in a coastal city east of Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Nearly half the victims were over the age of 65.
In a message on its website, the agency urged people to drink water frequently "even if you don't feel thirsty".