Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) began its spring forecasting season on Monday, beginning in the eastern region of Hokkaido and spreading out across the country.
While the agency has been releasing forecasts since 2011, they have been mostly issued by local governments in the capital, Tokyo.
The meteorological season has also been marked by record-breaking cold and snow, with record-low temperatures in the northeast, the center of the country, and in the south.
Japan’s meteorological disaster relief agency (MDA) will issue weather alerts and emergency warnings in the spring, as well as provide assistance to municipalities affected by the winter storm.
The agency has also issued a total of nine national disaster declarations and five civil protection emergencies.
The MDA has also said it will release a forecast of the weather conditions for the coming months.JMA said it has already started issuing winter weather advisories and issued more than 300 advisories in the first two weeks of the spring forecast.
The agency said that it will not issue weather advisaries for the entire month of April, but instead will issue a forecast for the first part of the month and a bulletin for the second half.
The winter forecast is expected to show a range of conditions, including heavy snow, strong winds, and freezing temperatures.
Temperatures will be the highest in March and April, with temperatures in Hokkaido expected to reach as high as 37 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit), the agency said.
The MDA said that while it was not expecting a large amount of snow in Hokkyo prefecture, it is prepared for the possibility.