Temperatures as high as 41.1 degrees Celsius (105.98 degrees Fahrenheit) were recorded near Tokyo, where one local managed to fry some ham on the roof of their car and even made it crispy.
— あるびの (@bigboss0930) July 14, 2018
Yet the roasting saga may finally conclude at least in Hokkaido, which happened to receive surprising signs of winter this week.
The northern island of Japan has always been slightly cooler than Tokyo and its neighboring locations, so when travel provider Rinyu Kanko shared photos of snow on Twitter, netizens were thrilled.
The images in front of a lodge 1,900 meters (6,234 feet) high in Hokkaido’s Daisetsuzan mountain range were shot on Aug. 17.
The weather had just hit the freezing point.
— 大雪山層雲峡黒岳ロープウェイ (@rinyu_kurodake) August 16, 2018
Interestingly, the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya recorded 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) on the same day, respectively, SoraNews24 noted.
The sight is surprising as Japan’s autumn succeeds its summer which begins in June and ends in August, according to Live Japan.
Netizens couldn’t believe their eyes:
“It’s snowing already!”
“Is this snow in the same Japan?”
“So Hokkaido just skipped autumn and now it’s winter?!”
“Seriously? It’s still summer in Japan, but the difference is intense.”