So yesterday was the hottest day in Gifu and Saitama (where i live, right near Tokyo) in 74 years.
Temperature max was 40.9 (plus humidity - which i think is what is driving me crazy)
When Kara and i left to go to orientation (2 train stops away) we walked outside to the hottest day i have ever felt in my life. And i'm from the desert. The newspaper reported that the temperature was 36.9 by 7am. In my prefecture alone, eight people died just yesterday from the heat. One was a 13yr old boy at basketball practice.