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Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany wipes his face during tennis practice at the Olympics. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

A heat wave in Tokyo pushing temperatures into the 90s with high levels of humidity has posed yet another challenge for athletes competing in the Olympic Games.

Why it matters: The extreme heat — making the Tokyo Games one of the hottest Olympics in decades — has made organizers reschedule matches and push events to the early morning hours or dusk to avoid the scorching sun, NBC reports.

  • Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva lost consciousness during a competition likely due to heat stroke, AP reports.
  • At the beach volleyball arena, organizers have started hosing down the sand after competitors complained it was burning their feet, per NBC.

The big picture: Sultry weather conditions in Tokyo are not new, but due to climate change, the city's temperatures are increasingly hot.

  • Temperatures on Saturday climbed to nearly 34°C (93°F) across the greater Tokyo region, with humidity levels above 80%
  • Compared to 1964, the last time Japan hosted the Summer Olympics, the July and August temperatures in Tokyo are 2.7 degrees warmer, per NBC. There are also on average eight more days of 95-plus-degree weather than there were in 1964.
  • The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Games organizers released recommendations for athletes to prevent overheating.

Of note: Tropical Storm Nepartak, which formed Friday night over the western Pacific Ocean, may bring some heavy rain midweek, but also may stay north of Tokyo. The details of the storm are unclear at this point.

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Fall color delayed in most of Ohio

A Cincinnati park during a previous autumn. Photo: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

While foresters had predicted this week would be the perfect time to take a peek at peak fall foliage, most of central Ohio's trees are still green.

Driving the news: Our unseasonably warm October has unfortunately come at a price. That stretch of high temperatures has many trees behaving as if it's still summer.

Exclusive: Biden administration raises minimum wage for federal employees to $15

A poster demanding a federal $15-per-hour minimum wage seen near the White House in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26, 2021. Photo: Erin Scott/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Federal agencies are being directed to raise the minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour, according to new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management shared first with Axios.

Why it matters: The guidance will impact almost 70,000 federal employees, most of which work at the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Veterans Affairs. OMP is directing agencies to implement the new wage by Jan. 30.

Kate Marino, author of Markets
60 mins ago - Economy & Business

The Federal Reserve is open to creating a digital dollar

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Federal Reserve finally released a much-delayed paper yesterday opining on the pros and cons of developing its own central bank digital currency (CBDC), but without coming to any firm conclusions.

Why it matters: Around the world, there are now 23 CBDCs either in pilot or formally launched. They have morphed from a theoretical concept into real-world digital cash, changing the way governments and millions of people use money — but not in the U.S.

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