Typhoon Jongdari expected to batter Japan

Hard on the heels of a record heatwave, Typhoon Jongdari remains on course to hit Japan’s mainland.

Typhoon Jongdari
Forecast track from JTWC of Jongdari.

The heatwave across Japan has killed at least 80 people and resulted in the hospitalisation of more than 30,000.

Japan’s all-time record temperature was reported at Kumagaya on Monday at 41.1 degrees Celsius. Greater Toyko reached 40.8C on the same day.

Temperatures have eased over the last few days, with Tokyo seeing maximum temperatures falling back to the seasonal norm of 29C.

But another hazard is now facing the country: Typhoon Jongdari.

Jongdari is expected to graze the southern coastline of Honshu and hit Shikoku during the course of Saturday, from 18:00 GMT until Sunday at 00:00 GMT.

It will make landfall as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale. Sustained winds in excess of 150 km/h will cause damage and there is likely to be a storm surge that could cause some coastal inundation.

The rainfall from this system could cause problems to a country still recovering from a series of heavy rain events from late June to mid-July.

The heat is also expected to return from Monday, for at least a week, with temperatures rising to three to four degrees above average.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies