Climate Change: Temperatures In Japan Rise Unseasonably High, Mongolia Sees Record Snow In 49 Years

Himalaya Times
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Temperatures rose across Japan on Monday as warm air flowed in from the south, with daytime highs hitting a record for February at many locations in northern Japan, the weather agency said.

The temperature rose to 17.1 degrees Celsius in Hokkaido's Mombetsu City, matching temperatures usually seen in late June. The unseasonably high temperature was 18.8 degrees higher than the average for this time of year and topped the previous record of 12.6 degrees logged in 1960, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Temperatures also reached 20.1 degrees in Akita City, northern Japan, 21.8 degrees in Kanazawa City in central Japan and 16.5 degrees in central Tokyo.

Weather officials warned that rain will likely fall in wide areas of northern and eastern Japan, leading to a rapid snowmelt, calling on people to be on alert for possible flooding in low-lying areas, swollen rivers and avalanches.

Whereas this winter, Mongolia has seen record snowfall, the largest since 1975, the country's National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring said Tuesday.

The average snowfall in the Asian country has reached 9.6 mm so far this winter, the weather monitoring agency said in a statement.

Almost all provinces in Mongolia have experienced extreme weather this winter due to heavy snowfall and frequent blizzards, with over 80 percent of the country blanketed by snow, according to the agency.

As of Monday, the number of livestock deaths caused by the extreme weather has risen to 667,841 this winter in Mongolia.

Mongolia, one of the last nomadic countries in the world, has a harsh continental climate with frequent strong winds, snow and dust storms.

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