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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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The next 30 years of extreme weather

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

This year's extreme weather is a preview of even more turbulent times that will bedevil us for at least the span of a 30-year mortgage.

Why it matters: Extreme weather events are the clearest way we're feeling climate change in our daily lives, and they will reshape where and how we live, work and play.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
4 hours ago - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.

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