Hiroo, Hokkaido

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Hiroo

広尾町
Town
Panorama view of downtown Hiroo and Pacific Ocean, from Maruyama Park
Panorama view of downtown Hiroo and Pacific Ocean, from Maruyama Park
Flag of Hiroo
Flag
Official seal of Hiroo
Emblem
Location of Hiroo in Hokkaido (Tokachi Subprefecture)
Location of Hiroo in Hokkaido (Tokachi Subprefecture)
Hiroo is located in Japan
Hiroo
Hiroo
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°17′N 143°19′E / 42.283°N 143.317°E / 42.283; 143.317Coordinates: 42°17′N 143°19′E / 42.283°N 143.317°E / 42.283; 143.317
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Tokachi Subprefecture)
DistrictHiroo
Area
 • Total596.14 km2 (230.17 sq mi)
Population
(September 30, 2016)
 • Total7,182
 • Density12/km2 (31/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
Websitewww.town.hiroo.hokkaido.jp

Hiroo (広尾町, Hiroo-chō) is a town located in Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 7,182 and a density of 12 persons per km². The total area is 596.14 km².

Hiroo is recognized as the only place in Japan to be designated as a "Santa-Land" from the municipal government of Oslo, Norway.

Climate[edit]

Although cold for its latitude and coastal position, the humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) of Hiroo is moderated by East Asian standards. Summers are cooled by the ocean and cloudy weather, whereas the influence of the Siberian landmass drops temperatures in winter. Due to the ice-free nature of the ocean, Hiroo stays narrowly above freezing during days, whereas nights regularly drop beneath −10 °C (14 °F).

Climate data for Hiroo, Hokkaido
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.1
(50.2)
12.6
(54.7)
16.1
(61.0)
26.3
(79.3)
30.5
(86.9)
33.3
(91.9)
34.8
(94.6)
35.0
(95.0)
33.1
(91.6)
25.6
(78.1)
21.5
(70.7)
16.2
(61.2)
35.0
(95.0)
Average high °C (°F) −0.6
(30.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
3.2
(37.8)
9.7
(49.5)
14.0
(57.2)
15.9
(60.6)
19.2
(66.6)
21.9
(71.4)
19.7
(67.5)
15.3
(59.5)
9.1
(48.4)
2.7
(36.9)
10.80
(51.44)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.5
(23.9)
−4.3
(24.3)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.0
(41.0)
9.3
(48.7)
12.2
(54.0)
15.9
(60.6)
18.4
(65.1)
16.0
(60.8)
10.9
(51.6)
4.9
(40.8)
−1.3
(29.7)
6.28
(43.30)
Average low °C (°F) −9.7
(14.5)
−9.8
(14.4)
−5.1
(22.8)
0.6
(33.1)
5.2
(41.4)
9.3
(48.7)
13.4
(56.1)
15.7
(60.3)
12.5
(54.5)
6.3
(43.3)
0.3
(32.5)
−5.9
(21.4)
2.73
(36.91)
Record low °C (°F) −21.2
(−6.2)
−22.1
(−7.8)
−20.2
(−4.4)
−11.6
(11.1)
−2.6
(27.3)
1.0
(33.8)
4.0
(39.2)
8.4
(47.1)
1.6
(34.9)
−4.1
(24.6)
−11.6
(11.1)
−17.2
(1.0)
−22.1
(−7.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 76.6
(3.02)
53.1
(2.09)
91.2
(3.59)
112.7
(4.44)
161.2
(6.35)
141.2
(5.56)
172.5
(6.79)
233.3
(9.19)
264.3
(10.41)
171.4
(6.75)
136.6
(5.38)
84.4
(3.32)
1,698.5
(66.89)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 123
(48)
94
(37)
100
(39)
28
(11)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
7
(2.8)
75
(30)
428
(168.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 10.2 8.8 11.3 11.1 11.2 10.3 12.8 12.6 12.7 11.7 11.8 10.3 134.8
Average snowy days 30.6 28.2 29.2 8.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.7 21.2 119.8
Average relative humidity (%) 64 66 67 70 76 86 89 87 81 73 64 63 74
Mean monthly sunshine hours 160.0 160.4 187.3 183.6 175.6 126.7 104.6 118.6 135.5 167.5 148.4 146.8 1,815
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

Notable people from Hiroo[edit]

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