Fukuoka has a mild climate during most of the year, but it may be different from what you are accustomed to in your home country. For example, the temperature in the summer can go up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 F) with extreme humidity. It is important to hydrate yourself frequently in such conditions. Every year, a number of people are rushed to the hospital for heat strokes. In recent years, we have experienced a temperature as high as 35 degrees Celsius (97 F). When it’s so hot and humid, you also need to pay special attention to your food. Cook your meat and fish thoroughly and try to eat your perishable foods before they spoil.
In winter, the temperature hardly falls below freezing, but we recommend that you wear warm clothing such as down jackets. You may even experience some snow in January or February although it hardly accumulates. Still, the average temperature during these months is below 10 degrees Celsius (50 F). During early morning hours and late at night, the temperature can be as low as 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (35 to 37 F).
Needless to say, it is extremely important to maintain good health in order to have a successful student life. As I mentioned in previous articles, your attendance record is a very important factor in obtaining an extension of stay or applying for college.