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Mount Fuji receives first cap of snow 24 days earlier than in 2019

Mount Fuji is seen with its first snowcap of the season shortly before 11 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2020, in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter above the Shizuoka Prefecture city of Fujinomiya in central Japan. (Mainichi)

KOFU -- Mount Fuji received its first snowcap of the season on Sept. 28, a week after its first dusting of white was recorded, the Kofu Local Meteorological Office in the central Japan prefecture of Yamanashi announced.

    The cap of snow on the 3,776-meter peak arrived two days earlier than the average year and 24 days earlier than in 2019.

    Meteorological office employees observed a white covering near the summit on the morning of Sept. 28. As of 12 a.m., the temperature near the summit stood at minus 5.1 degrees Celsius.

    The earliest day of the season for Mount Fuji to receive its first snowcap since record-keeping began in 1894 was on Aug. 9, in 2008. The latest was on Oct. 26, in 2016.

    The city of Fujiyoshida at the base of Mount Fuji announce that Japan's highest mountain recorded its first sprinkling of snow on Sept. 21.

    (Japanese original by Shunsuke Yamashita, Kofu Bureau)

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