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The hottest Olympics in history is ‘torturing’ athletes and volunteers, one of Japan’s top meteorologists says

Summary List PlacementWeather conditions at the Olympics are "torturing" athletes, according to a Japanese meteorologist. Sayaka Mori, who works for the Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK, tweeted that the "oppressive heat is really torturing the Olympians and volunteers in Tokyo." Oppressive #heat is really torturing the Olympians and volunteers in Tokyo. At 1pm today, #Tokyo was at 33.7C (93F) with relative humidity of 62%. That would make it feel like 43C (109F)! The dangerous heat will remain on Thursday. Be careful of heatstroke. pic.twitter.com/vZY1DSbVZI — Sayaka Mori (@sayakasofiamori) August 4, 2021 On Thursday, the temperature in Tokyo hit 93 degrees...

Daniil Medvedev and Svetlana Gomboeva

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Weather conditions at the Olympics are “torturing” athletes, according to a Japanese meteorologist.

Sayaka Mori, who works for the Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK, tweeted that the “oppressive heat is really torturing the Olympians and volunteers in Tokyo.”

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On Thursday, the temperature in Tokyo hit 93 degrees Fahrenheit but with a humidity level of 62%, conditions felt closer to 109 degrees.

Three storms have also been reported in the Western Pacific and two of them are expected to hit Japan as tropical storms. 

While there have been previous Olympics in hot conditions, it is the consistent heat that is causing problems in Tokyo. The Guardian reports that temperatures in Japan have frequently been above 95 degrees Fahrenheit and Tokyo has been 90 degrees Fahrenheit on average.

Tokyo is regularly experiencing s wet bulb temperature — an index of heat that combines temperature and humidity — of over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which is “several degrees above Rio, London, Beijing and other Olympics” Oliver Gibson, a senior lecturer at Brunel University told the Guardian.

Throughout the games, athletes have suffered the consequences of the high heat, with collapsing after events and vomiting both common sights.

Before the games had even officially begun, Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed when she was taking part in the qualifiers. 

Her team doctor said that sunstroke was the cause of the collapse, and she had to have ice packs applied to her head before she could leave the arena.

Daniiel Medvedev holds a towel to his head at the Tokyo Olympics.

Fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev was one of many tennis players to complain about the extreme conditions.

In his third-round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini, the Russian called a medical timeout numerous times and even asked officials who would be responsible if he died on court.

“I’m fine,” Medvedev said at the time.

“I can finish the match but I can die. If I die will the ITF take responsibility?” He was referring to the International Tennis Federation, tennis’s governing body.

World number one Novak Djokovic called the conditions in Tokyo “very tough” and was one of many players to call for matches to be moved to later in the day.

During a practice, beach volleyball players could not bear standing on the hot sand and ground staff had to spray the surface with water before they could continue.

Even watersports did not provide much relief with swimmers having to swim at 6.30am just to compete in cooler waters.

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