Tokyo says addressing heat key to 2020 Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — On the hottest day so far this year, the governor of Japan’s capital says that measures to deal with the heat are one of the pillars of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The temperature reached 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tokyo on Monday.

Gov. Yuriko Koike told a news conference that the city has been working to address concerns about the heat for both fans and athletes.

The marathon and some other outdoor Olympic events will start early in the morning. Other steps include developing road pavements that emit less surface heat, setting up mist sprays and planting tall roadside trees.

Japan and South Korea are experiencing an extended heat wave that has been blamed for 50 deaths.

Koike said that “the weather recently in Japan is like being in a sauna.”