"Btw, regardless of what's happening in Peru, it's hot as hell in the U.S. I find it amusing that when it's winter here, you point out the cold fronts, but when it's summer (and incredibly hot) you flee to the southern hemisphere..."
This from Japan:
"A heatwave in Japan is being blamed for more than 60 deaths as more than 15,000 people have needed hospital treatment.
With temperatures soaring past 35 degrees in most of the country, sales of beer and air conditioners have skyrocketed.
But authorities say the heatwave has also caused at least 66 deaths.
Some died from heatstroke, while others drowned while trying to beat the heat.
More than 15,000 people have been treated for heatstroke in hospital.
Japan's meteorological agency is predicting the hottest summer in 100 years, with temperatures rising dramatically since the end of the annual rainy season earlier this month."
It wouldn't normally be this warm until August - and interestingly Tokyo's microclimate has changed since I left there in 2006.
"Meanwhile, some areas experienced thunder showers due to atmospheric instability caused by sinking cold air, including in Ishioka, Ibaraki Prefecture, where a record 86.5 millimeters of rain fell in the space of one hour in the evening, according to the agency."
But it's not all bad news:
"Japanese retailers are headed for hot summer sales of cheap beer and non-smell underwear, driven by above-average temperatures and consumers with fatter wallets, according to Deutsche Bank AG’s Takahiro Kazahaya.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency is forecasting the hottest summer in 100 years globally after a heat wave snaked into Tokyo last week via North America and Europe. Temperatures in the capital exceeded 95 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius), providing a boon for breweries including Kirin Holdings Co., garment makers and air conditioner manufacturers, Kazahaya said."