Wednesday 28 June 2017

Snow falls in November in Tokyo for first time in 54 years

Shrine maidens walk in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo (AP)
Shrine maidens walk in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo (AP)

Tokyo residents woke up on Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years.

An unusually cold air mass brought wet snow to Japan's capital. Above-freezing temperatures kept the snow from sticking in most places, though it did accumulate on pavements and cars in Tokyo's far western suburbs.

Meteorologists forecast up an inch would fall, and more in the mountains north-west of Tokyo.

The snow caused minor train delays during the morning commute.

The last time it snowed in central Tokyo in November was 1962.

AP

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