Japan To See Average To Milder Winter Weather
Japan will see mostly average to milder temperatures this winter, the official forecaster said on Wednesday, which could limit the use of heaters and dampen energy demand during the coldest time of year.
Northern Japan, the main heating oil market, has a 40 percent chance of warmer temperatures than average during the December-February period, the Japan Meteorological Agency said in its semiannual longer-term outlook report.
Eastern Japan, including the densely populated Tokyo area, and western Japan each have a 40 percent chance of average temperatures during those months.
A milder winter could curtail consumption of kerosene, sales of which typically peak around January, as well as demand for electricity.
The forecaster also projected that the weather in October-December would be warmer than average in western Japan and average to warmer-than-average in eastern and northern Japan.
Japan is just coming off its hottest summer on record which increased the use of air-conditioners and thus electric power demand, with power companies boosting electricity generation to the second-highest level on record in August.