44 locations across Japan report record low temperatures on Christmas Day
A cold wave continues to grip Japan this week, with 44 locations reporting record low temperatures on Christmas Day.
The Meteorological Agency said Wednesday issued another warning for heavy snow in Hokkaido, the Tohoku region and areas facing the Sea of Japan, as well as strong winds in the north of Japan.
The lowest temperature was minus 28.4 degrees in Furano, Hokkaido, the agency said. Tokyo recorded a low of 6 degrees, while the mercury fell to minus 8 in Tottori and Saitama prefectures.
Meanwhile, reports from Monbetsu, Hokkaido, say a meteorological phenomenon known as ice fog was seen hovering over the area on Tuesday. The agency reported on its website that ice fog is caused when water vapor from the ocean climbs to meet cold air over the land resulting in thick, low-hanging clouds of cold fog.