Parts of central and western Japan experienced a spell of spring-like weather over the weekend of February 13, 2016. Warm conditions, usually observed in July, were reported across the affected area, accompanied by heavy rainfall and strong winds.
A warm air mass, pushing in from the south has brought unseasonably warm temperatures to parts of the archipelago. 24.8 °C (76.6 °F) was recorded in Tokyo, 23.5 °C (74.3 °F) in Nagoya and 23.3 °C(73.9 °F) in Minami, Tokushima Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). 22 °C (71.6 °F) was observed in Kuji while 21.3 °C (70.3 °F) was measured in Iwaizumi, in Iwate Prefecture.
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The warm weather was followed by heavy rains and strong winds which caused traffic disruptions across the country. 70 domestic flights were cancelled by the All Nippon Airways Co., and Japan Airlines Co. on February 14, while a bullet train service in northeastern Japan suffered temporarily suspension.
The northeastern Aomori Prefecture reported wind speeds reaching up to 131 km/h (81.4 mph).
After record heat conditions in the country during the weekend, this week begins with a spell of cold air, coming in out of Siberia, Robert Speta, the WestPacWx meteorologist reports. The air mass is expected to contain sufficient amounts of moisture to restore the snowfall and the usual winter conditions across the archipelago.
Featured image: Warm weather conditions in Japan, February 13 and 14, 2016. Image credit: WestPacWx