Hokkaido is the northernmost part of Japan, where Singaporeans like to visit during holidays.

Unfortunately, it has been facing an unprecedented heat wave recently.

Hitting 39.5°C in May

According to a weather report from Tenki, the Saroma town in Hokkaido Prefecture hit 39°C for the first time in history.

Image from Tenki Japan.

The temperature in Saroma town peaked at 39.5°C at 2:07 p.m, according to The Japan Times.

Other parts of Japan were also affected by this heat wave, with the high temperatures expected to continue tomorrow (May 27).

Temperatures are predicted to hit 31°C in Osaka and Kanazawa,32°C  in Tokyo and Sapporo, 33°C in Kitami, 34°C in Nagoya, and 35°C in Yamagata and Fukushima. 

Image from Tenki Japan.

Such high temperatures are unusual in May.

The highest temperature of the month in history was recorded to be 37.2 °C in 1993 in Saitama Prefecture of Japan.

The Japan Weather Association advised people to take the following measures to prevent heatstroke: drink enough water, and get enough rest under the shade if they have to work outdoors.

They added that these steps are important to take as most people have not yet gotten used to the heat.

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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.