Temperatures plunged across Japan on Tuesday with many areas experiencing their lowest temperatures so far this winter.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a lingering cold air mass sent the mercury to its lowest level in 80% of the nation. The lowest temperature on Tuesday morning was -25.8 degrees in Rikubetsu, Hokkaido, Fuji TV reported. It was so cold the phenomenon known as diamond dust (cloud composed of ice crystals) was observed.
Nagoya experienced its coldest morning of the winter with a low of -1.9 degrees, while Osaka had -0.5 degrees. The agency said temperatures dipped below 0 degrees at 721 of its monitoring posts.
Meanwhile, heavy snow continued to fall on the Hokuriku region and Hokkaido. Sukayu in Aomori Prefecture had recorded 361 cms by 10 a.m., while parts of Iwate Prefecture recorded 221 cms of snow.
The agency said the extreme cold on the Japan Sea coast is likely to continue until Thursday.
Light snow is also forecast for the Kanto region early Wednesday morning.© Japan Today