Tokyo sees first November snow in 54 years

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 24 Nov 2016, 17:18:18 | Updated : 24 Nov 2016, 17:18:29

Tokyo sees first November snow in 54 years

Tokyo is experiencing its first November snowfall in 54 years, reports BBC.

Residents of the Japanese capital were taken by surprise, as the temperatures around this time of the year usually range from 10C to 17C.

The snow, caused by an unusual cold front over the city, caused slight delays on public transport.

The first snowfall - which is called "hatsuyuki" - arrived 40 days earlier than average, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports.

Tokyo last saw November snow in 1962, though in that year it did not accumulate on the ground.

The current snowfall marks the first time fallen snow has been seen on the ground in Tokyo in November since records started to be taken in 1875.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned of possible icy roads, snow on electric wires and trees, and the collapse of plastic greenhouses, according to the Japan Times.

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