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The climate of Sapporo (Japan)
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and is located on the eastern side of this island. The city was founded in the 19th century. The urban design of the city is according to the American model. From a birdís-eye view the city closely follows the American-style grid plan with streets at right-angles to form city blocks and has a green road in the middle. This green road is the Odori City Park. The city owes its fame to the 1972 Olympic Winter Games and the snow-festivals that are held annually in February.
Despite the cityís location near the sea Sapporo has a land climate. The sea current constantly supplies cold air from the nearby mainland. There are large differences in climate between summer and winter; winters are much colder here. The city gets enough snowfall to organize the winter Olympics despite its location on the sea. From November snowfall is not uncommon.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Sapporo:

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January -1 -9 3 29 6
February -1 -8 4 25 4
March 3 -4 5 25 5
April 11 2 6 19 6
May 17 8 6 18 9
June 21 12 6 17 13
July 25 17 5 17 18
August 26 19 5 18 21
September 22 13 6 18 20
October 16 6 5 20 16
November 8 1 3 25 12
December 2 -5 3 28 8
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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