This past week we seen some of the coldest temperatures in 50 years across North East Asia following a massive cold surge out of Siberia. Temperatures there dropped below -50 at times on Sunday and Monday and this was reflected in to Okinawa, Taiwan and Hong Kong as Snow and sleet across these sub-tropical regions.
In Western Japan Water and Power Outages were reported due to the record cold dropping well below the freezing point. Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture City officials say they have received more than 900 calls about burst pipes or leaks from ice that melted in higher daytime temperatures. City officials say they have received more than 900 calls about burst pipes or leaks from ice that melted in higher daytime temperatures.
The outflow rapidly drained the city’s reservoir, prompting authorities to halt water service across the city in the early hours of Tuesday. Some 54,000 households in Omuta are without water.
Now self defense force members are delivering water to the public.
A dramatic change is underway this week and for those who hate the cold you will be happy with what is ahead. In fact across parts of western Japan we could see record or near record breaking warm temperatures. This is the case for those in Naha where the Mercury may hit 27C by Friday. The previous record is 26.1C for the month of January.
The big issue here is the fact we will be looking at heavy rain but also rapid snow melt for parts of Eastern China and Western Japan. That may lead to localized flooding across the region. The worst being in areas of Western Japan that seen over 20cm of snowfall on Sunday.
This next storm will also bring more snow to the mountains though, especially from Niigata North, so for those snow lovers this will be a welcomed hit of the white stuff heading in to the weekend.
Some areas of Hokoriku including Nagano may be on the cusp of a lot of snow or a big rain maker, especially in lower elevations. Pay close attention to the forecast over the coming days.