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It’s already snowing in Hokkaido

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

We can’t over-emphasize how hot Japan is this summer. Anime figures have melted and food has been cooked on car roofs as the intense rays of the sun mercilessly roast the nation.

A time-tested strategy to beat the heat is to take a trip to Hokkaido during summer vacation. Aside from expansive bucolic views and an unhurried atmosphere, Japan’s northern island is always several degrees cooler than the Tokyo area, making it a great destination for those who spend summer wishing they were in the spring or autumn instead. Right now, though, there’s one part of Hokkaido that looks positively wintery.

The above photos were posted by Rinyu Kanko, the travel provider that operates the Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Ropeway and manages its official Twitter account (@rinyu_kurodake). The snow-covered snapshots were taken on Friday morning, the same day on which Tokyo was 30 degrees Celsius and Nagoya, another of Japan’s largest cities, was 35 Celsius.

Seen in the background is Kurodake Ishimuro, a lodge built at an altitude of 1,900 meters in the Daisetsuzan mountain range. The lodge is about a 700-foot walk from the peak of the mountain it sits on, and freezing overnight temperatures coincided with early-morning rainfall, blanketing the area in snow despite there still being a few weeks of summer left.

The frozen scenery represents the earliest snowfall since records began being kept in 1974, coming four days earlier than the previous mark of August 21 in 2002. Beautiful as it is, visitors to the area are advised to be careful of their footing, as rain continues to fall on the icy terrain, and to take cautions against hypothermia, since staying clothed is just as important in cold conditions as it is in hot ones.

Source: Twitter/@rinyu_kurodake, Livedoor News/Tenki.jp via Hachima Kiko

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Bring it to the rest of Japan, please. I'll take a cold winter any day over this blistering summer. And no, it's not because I'm from Canada, or, "Ah, because you have a high body temperature. Japanese have a unique, low body temperature!" It's because you can keep warm easily, but you canNOT avoid the heat or scorching sun very easily at all.

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21-22C and blustery in Nagano today, with bright sunshine. A wonderful day to be outdoors.

Back to 30C plus next week, so enjoy it while it lasts.

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At least the effect is somewhat felt in Honshu too, due to cool wind blowing from the north, today is rather cool with low humidity; I hope this lasts long!

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It's already snowing in Hokkaido, is it? As much as I dislike snow and ice except if the ice is in my lemonade, I'm there already, lol

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The only downside was no internet unless I went to the city

I’ve been to some remote areas of Hokkaido, but they still had LTE...

Andrew Crisp I know, right?! It’s never ever snowed in Hokkaido in August before, the planet’s climate must not be getting any warmer, but colder. Permafrost in Siberia is melting for the first time in over 15,000 years because it’s getting colder

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The snow is so pretty When we spend the time outside playing with it.

We can create castles or walls snow like shelters to protect us against the snow man.

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Onegai...might have to take up skinny dipping in the snow.

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I miss snow.

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Last summer, I spent three months in Hokkaido. I was surprised how much I loved it, weather-wise. I was very comfortable without a/c. The only downside was no internet unless I went to the city (one hour by car or ride the bus that comes only once a day).

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Amusing I wonder how the Global Warmists are gonna explain this??

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