Nine Sites Measure the Year’s Record High
On April 30th, a high-pressure system was cast over Fukui Prefecture, causing the temperature to rise. Up until 3:00 p.m., with temperature highs at 26.8⁰C in Obama City, and 26.0⁰C in Tsuruga City, six observation sites recorded temperatures above 25.0⁰C.
Up to 3:00 p.m. on April 30th, excluding Sakai City-Mikuni, nine observations sites within the prefecture saw its record high for the current year. After Obama and Tsuruga, other sites that saw summer-like temperatures were Fukui City at 25.6⁰C, Katsuyama City at 25.0⁰C, Ono City at 25.5⁰C, and Minamiechizen Town-Imajo at 25.6⁰C. Sakai City-Harue was at 23.7⁰C, Fukui City-Koshino was at 22.9⁰C, Mihama Town was at 23.1⁰C, and Sakai City-Mikuni was at 21.8⁰C, with each site becoming as warm as it would be during late May or early June.
According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office (on April 30th, 11:00 a.m.), the forecast for May 1st is clear weather with clouds in the morning and evening for the Reihoku area, and clear weather for the Reinan area. The temperature high is expected to reach between 25⁰C and 26⁰C, continuing this early summer weather.
Fukui City, After the Suspension of its Spring Festival
On April 28th, the Fukui Phoenix Festival Executive Committee (in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture) disclosed to media associates that this summer’s festival has been suspended, due to the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the second time the event has been suspended, since the heavy rain that occurred in 2004.
This summer’s festival was scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd. The festival has three main events, with the Fukui Phoenix Fireworks on the first day, the “Folk Dance-YOSAKOI ICCHORAI” on the second day, and “The March for One Million People” on the final day. The marching event was to take place along Chuo-Odori in front of JR Fukui Station West Gate, instead of the Fukui Velodrome, where it usually took place every year.
The Fukui Phoenix Festival first began in 1954, as an event to signify the region’s desire for further development, as well as its revival from the Bombing of Fukui in World War II and the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. During the festival’s three events last summer, there were over 140,000 visitors.
Along with the suspension of the spring’s Fukui Sakura Festival, this year has resulted in two of the city’s biggest events not taking place.