Travel | Feb 14

Japan's Warm Weather Brings Early Spring

TOKYO, Feb 14 (News On Japan) - Japan experienced widespread warmth on Tuesday, February 13, with temperatures in Tokyo's city center resembling those of early April, raising questions: Has spring already arrived?

April-like Warmth Across Various Regions Raises Early Spring Speculations

Caster Ogasawara shared temperatures across Japan on February 13:
- Shiraoi, Hokkaido: 11.2°C
- Toyama: 17.8°C
- Tokyo: 17.3°C
- Osaka: 15.8°C
- Miyazaki: 20.6°C

These temperatures are akin to mid to late April. With such a significant increase in temperature, take care of "pollen" and "snowmelt."

Meteorologist Hirose Shun explains, "Although 'snowmelt' sounds gentle, it can lead to disasters in the north, equivalent to about 100mm of heavy rain when 20cm of snow melts, posing risks of river flooding and landslides."

Forecast: Warmer Days Ahead, with Attention to Snowmelt

Despite the cozy weather, the temperatures are expected to rise further on February 14 and 15. Tokyo's forecasted highs are 18°C and 19°C, respectively, with a cooler 12°C anticipated on February 17.

Caster Horan Chiaki inquired about the potential heavy snowmelt due to the rapid warming, highlighting the dangers of large-scale avalanches and snow falling from roofs, which could lead to fatal accidents.

Early Blooms and Harvests / Adjust to the Warm Weather

The "Setagaya Ume Matsuri" near Umegaoka Station in Setagaya, Tokyo, showcasing 650 plum trees, began on February 10. As of February 7, 2024, 524 plums had already blossomed, with the peak bloom occurring sooner than usual.

In Niigata's Aga town, the warm weather prompted an early harvest of "Yukishita carrots," known for their sweetness after wintering under snow. Despite being smaller due to the lack of snow, their concentrated sweetness makes them ideal for fresh consumption.

As Japan navigates this unseasonably warm weather, concerns grow among farmers about adapting to the changing climate and the potential impacts on agriculture and traditional events.

Source: TBS


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