Cold Mornings! Winter Comes to Okinawa 11.3 C in Oku, Kunigami

Cold Mornings! Winter Comes to Okinawa 11.3 C in Oku, Kunigami

With the cold weather brought by the cold air mass, people went out in warm clothing. (Morning of January 30, Izumizaki, Naha)

January 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the coldest temperatures this winter were recorded at 13 Okinawan meteorological observatories.

The cold weather was due to movement of a cold air mass in the upper atmosphere caused by a high-pressure system jutting out from the Asian continent.

At 7:41 a.m. in Oku, Kunigami and at 4:30 a.m. in Itokazu, Nanjo, the observed temperatures slipped below the coldest times of year to 11.3 C. In eight observatories around Ishigakijima the lowest temperatures this winter were recorded. In Ohara, Taketomi (Iriomote) 12.9 C was recorded.

The Okinawa Headquarters of the Japanese Meteorological Agency predict that due to the cold air mass, Okinawa will be cloudy with scattered light showers on January 30.

Starting in the afternoon strong winds from the north and north-west are expected.

The impact of the cold air mass will be strongest that night and into the morning of January 31.

Okinawa will be chilly through January 31. Temperatures are expected to return to around the seasonal average around February 2.

(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)

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