A heatwave in Japan has killed 15 people and left around 3000 citizens needing hospital treatment.
According to the media outlet NHK, Tokyo and Osaka have been the worst affected, with the highest numbers of people seeking medical assistance for heat related symptoms.
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to the rising temperatures, with nearly half of those taken to hospital aged 65 or older according to the reports.
Temperatures have risen to around 40 degrees in the country. To tackle the effects of the heat, Japanese meteorologists have been urging citizens to use air conditioning, to avoid the streets and drink enough water.
However, this is not the hottest it has been in Japan, last year temperatures reached 41 degrees and is the hottest summer on record.
By Fiona Carty