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Olympics organisers test heat countermeasures in sweltering Tokyo

Reuters TOKYO, JAPAN Jul 26, 2019, 02.20 PM (IST)

With temperatures rising to 35 degrees Celsius and humidity of 75% on Thursday, Tokyo 2020 organisers had the perfect weather to try out their heat countermeasures and preparedness for next year's Olympics at the beach volleyball test event. Although it has been less hot this year, a record heatwave in July 2018, killed over a dozen people in Tokyo with monthly average temperatures transcending 30 degrees for the first time in 20 years. Tokyo 2020 organisers will employ wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) measuring devices at all venues as a step in their readiness for high temperatures.