Tokyo 2020 Olympics to establish 'weather centre' for heat and typhoons
Weather-related concerns have been mounting after a historic heat wave hit the Japanese capital last summer. Organizers admitted in November that the threat posed by the extreme heat and typhoons is considered a "major issue." While weather centers have been established at previous similar events, Tokyo 2020 organizers are placing more emphasis on the service after last summer's high temperatures prompted the weather agency to call the heat wave "a natural disaster." More than 90 deaths were attributed to the heat in the city in July alone, with an area near Tokyo seeing a record temperature of 41.1 C. Other parts of the country were devastated last year by typhoons and floods.
Throughout the Tokyo Games, the weather center will analyze climate data in areas with competition venues, and send information to spectators via mobile phone apps and other channels on matters such as heat stroke prevention and forecasts of extreme weather.