Frigid cold hits Japan

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TOKYO (NTV-NNN-JAPAN / NBC News Channel) -- A cold snap delivers winter to Tokyo, sending the mercury below zero and bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to much of the nation.

A cold snap delivers winter to Tokyo, sending the mercury below zero and bringing unseasonably cold temperatures to much of the nation. The mercury hit 31 degrees Fahrenheit early in the morning. Frost was recorded for the first time this season. Courtesy: NTV-NNN-JAPAN / NBC News Channel

The mercury hit 31 degrees Fahrenheit early in the morning.

Frost was recorded for the first time this season.

Nearly one in three of the 929 meteorology monitoring sites nationwide recorded the coldest temperatures of the season.

Twenty-seven degrees was recorded in parts of Hokkaido, northern Japan.

Temperatures around the country were around three degrees cooler than average.