Urakawa, Hokkaido

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Urakawa
浦河町
Town
Flag of Urakawa
Flag
Location of Urakawa in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Location of Urakawa in Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
Urakawa is located in Japan
Urakawa
Urakawa
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 42°10′N 142°46′E / 42.167°N 142.767°E / 42.167; 142.767Coordinates: 42°10′N 142°46′E / 42.167°N 142.767°E / 42.167; 142.767
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
District Urakawa
Government
 • Mayor Kōichirō Tanikawa
Area
 • Total 694.24 km2 (268.05 sq mi)
Population (March 2008)
 • Total 14,814
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Hidaka Japanese White Pine
 • Flower Hidaka Yamatsutsuji (Rhododendron kaempferi var. kaempferi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-3-1, Tsukiji, Urakawa-chō, Urakawa-gun, Hokkaidō
057-8511
Website www.town.urakawa.hokkaido.jp

Urakawa (浦河町 Urakawa-chō?) is a town located in Urakawa District, Hidaka Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2008, the town has an estimated population of 14,814 and a density of 21.3 persons per km². The total area is 694.24 km².

Climate[edit]

Urakawa has depending on the method used a humid continental (Köppen Dfb) or a borderline oceanic climate (Cfb) with warm summers and cold winters. Owing to its slightly more southerly latitude, easterly aspect and location on the sea, snowfall is much lighter than in the major cities of western Hokkaido like Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa and Wakkanai, with the most in one month being 0.98 metres (38.6 in) in January 1969.[1] Precipitation in heaviest in the summer months when remnant typhoons may approach; the heaviest daily rainfall being 190.0 millimetres (7.48 in) on 5 August 1981 and the wettest month August 1995 with 429.5 millimetres (16.91 in). The driest month has been February 2003 with 2.5 millimetres (0.10 in). Year-round sunshine, although less than in the Tokachi Plain, is also higher than western Hokkaido, with the dullest month being August 1941 with 48.0 hours and the sunniest April 2014 with 288.0 hours beating the previous record of 271.6 hours from May 1957.

Climate data for Urakawa (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 10.9
(51.6)
10.9
(51.6)
16.5
(61.7)
21.0
(69.8)
23.5
(74.3)
27.2
(81)
28.9
(84)
31.2
(88.2)
29.9
(85.8)
23.7
(74.7)
19.1
(66.4)
14.3
(57.7)
31.2
(88.2)
Average high °C (°F) 0.7
(33.3)
0.9
(33.6)
3.9
(39)
8.8
(47.8)
13.0
(55.4)
16.4
(61.5)
20.2
(68.4)
23.0
(73.4)
20.9
(69.6)
15.9
(60.6)
9.5
(49.1)
3.6
(38.5)
11.4
(52.52)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.5
(27.5)
−2.4
(27.7)
0.5
(32.9)
5.0
(41)
9.3
(48.7)
13.1
(55.6)
17.2
(63)
19.9
(67.8)
17.3
(63.1)
12.0
(53.6)
5.9
(42.6)
0.2
(32.4)
7.96
(46.33)
Average low °C (°F) −5.9
(21.4)
−5.9
(21.4)
−2.8
(27)
1.6
(34.9)
5.9
(42.6)
10.3
(50.5)
14.8
(58.6)
17.4
(63.3)
13.9
(57)
8.0
(46.4)
2.2
(36)
−3
(27)
4.71
(40.51)
Record low °C (°F) −15.5
(4.1)
−14.8
(5.4)
−13.1
(8.4)
−8.1
(17.4)
−2.5
(27.5)
2.3
(36.1)
6.5
(43.7)
8.9
(48)
1.9
(35.4)
−1.3
(29.7)
−7.9
(17.8)
−13.1
(8.4)
−15.5
(4.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 36.9
(1.453)
24.4
(0.961)
49.1
(1.933)
75.6
(2.976)
121.2
(4.772)
88.3
(3.476)
145.5
(5.728)
159.9
(6.295)
140.9
(5.547)
99.3
(3.909)
80.7
(3.177)
50.5
(1.988)
1,072.3
(42.215)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 48
(18.9)
37
(14.6)
22
(8.7)
2
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6
(2.4)
32
(12.6)
147
(58)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm) 12.2 8.8 11.0 11.1 11.6 9.5 12.0 11.0 11.8 11.6 15.1 14.0 139.7
Average relative humidity (%) 65 67 71 77 83 89 91 89 83 74 68 64 76.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 139.5 162.3 194.2 185.7 189.3 145.6 109.5 137.5 159.5 174.9 122.1 114.1 1,834.2
Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency (precipitation)[2]
Source #2: Japan Meteorological Agency[3]

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