Urakawa, Hokkaido

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Urakawa

浦河町
Town
Port of Urakawa
Port of Urakawa
Flag of Urakawa
Flag
Official seal of Urakawa
Emblem
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
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido (Hidaka Subprefecture)
DistrictUrakawa
Government
 • MayorKōichirō Tanikawa
Area
 • Total694.24 km2 (268.05 sq mi)
Population
 (September 2016)
 • Total12,800
 • Density18/km2 (48/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeHidaka Japanese White Pine
 • FlowerHidaka Yamatsutsuji (Rhododendron kaempferi var. kaempferi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address1-3-1, Tsukiji, Urakawa-chō, Urakawa-gun, Hokkaidō
057-8511
Websitewww.town.urakawa.hokkaido.jp

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

As of September 2016, the town has an estimated population of 12,800 and a density of 18 persons per km². The total area is 694.24 km².

Climate[edit]

Urakawa has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) 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
(81.0)
28.9
(84.0)
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
(39.0)
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
(52.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.5
(27.5)
−2.4
(27.7)
0.5
(32.9)
5.0
(41.0)
9.3
(48.7)
13.1
(55.6)
17.2
(63.0)
19.9
(67.8)
17.3
(63.1)
12.0
(53.6)
5.9
(42.6)
0.2
(32.4)
8.0
(46.3)
Average low °C (°F) −5.9
(21.4)
−5.9
(21.4)
−2.8
(27.0)
1.6
(34.9)
5.9
(42.6)
10.3
(50.5)
14.8
(58.6)
17.4
(63.3)
13.9
(57.0)
8.0
(46.4)
2.2
(36.0)
−3
(27)
4.7
(40.5)
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
(48.0)
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
(1.45)
24.4
(0.96)
49.1
(1.93)
75.6
(2.98)
121.2
(4.77)
88.3
(3.48)
145.5
(5.73)
159.9
(6.30)
140.9
(5.55)
99.3
(3.91)
80.7
(3.18)
50.5
(1.99)
1,072.3
(42.23)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 48
(19)
37
(15)
22
(8.7)
2
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6
(2.4)
32
(13)
147
(58.9)
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 77
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan Meteorological Agency; 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値)
  2. ^ "浦河 平年値(年・月ごとの値) 詳細(気圧・降水量)". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "浦河 平年値(年・月ごとの値) 主な要素". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved January 28, 2016.

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