Unseasonable low temperatures have been keeping Japan's spring cool, resulting in snowfall in the country's northeast this week.
Temperatures in Hokkaido have been around 5 degrees lower than average this year, in a continuing cold streak that has seen chilly winds and even snowstorms arrive unusually late into the spring, Japan's Meteorological Agency announced Friday. Sapporo received snow in May for the first time in 21 years, the agency said.
Due to a dip in atmospheric pressure on Friday, the agency forecast rain and even more snow in Hokkaido. The agency also said that temperatures across Japan this week have been on average 2-8 degrees lower than normal for early May.
The agency predicts the cold snap will last until Saturday.
Meanwhile, as a result of the unusually cold weather, Fast Retailing Co announced Thursday that sales at its Uniqlo clothing stores were down 3% from April last year. Uniqlo sells a large quantity of affordable clothing as the seasons change, but according to a press release, cold temperatures toward the end of March restricted spring clothing sales.© Japan Today