Forecasters have warned a typhoon is heading close to the area on Monday. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre has warned of a medium chance for tropical development on July 26, just days into the games. The Typhoon is currently forming in the Philippine Sea and is expected to move westwards over the weekend.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said: “While it’s still too early to have high confidence in the exact track and intensity of this system, there are early indications that it could threaten Tokyo later Monday or Tuesday, local time.”
Forecasters have also warned of extreme heat in what could be the hottest games on record.
Temperatures are set to remain above 30C over the next few days in Tokyo with some athletes forced to use cooling vests amid the scorching heat.
Such are the high temperatures, a Russian archer fainted while participating in the qualifying round.
Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed today due to the high heat and humidity.
Her coach said: “We hope that she will be okay.
“It turns out that she couldn’t stand a whole day out in the heat.”
Mark England, Britain’s Chef de Mission in Tokyo revealed Team GB had been preparing for the high heats due to the high levels expected.
He said: “Heat mitigation was the story before Covid.
“We’ve done such a lot of work on technological development and advancement, not only in the kit that we have and the cooling mechanisms that we have for those who are competing outdoors in extreme heat.
“We did all of that and you could see the outcome of those deliberations with a successful triathlon and successful forays into the outdoor events through the test event programme in the Tokyo ready programme.”
This is a developing story, more to follow…