AN EXTREME heatwave that has hit in Japan has led to temperatures as high as 40C, with the casualties climbing up as more deaths were reported.
The Japan Times reports that more than 10,000 people had been taken to hospital due to heat stroke related symptoms.
The death toll had climbed to 30, after 10 more deaths were reported on Thursday.
A grueling heat wave caused at least eight deaths across Japan since Saturday, and the dangerous conditions are not forecast to subside through the duration of the week.
More than 2,000 people were treated at hospitals across southern and central Japan from Saturday into Sunday, according to The Japan Times.
Thirty-three people have died in a heat wave that has baked the southern part of the Canadian province of Quebec, officials say.
The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35C (95F) and high humidity.
The death toll has climbed every day this week, with most of the victims between the ages of 50 to 80.
European cities in the second half of the century may face significantly worse heat waves, deepening drought, and more river floods if global temperatures continue to rise - something they need to begin preparing for now, researchers said on Feb. 21.