In Sapporo at the beginning of February, the highest temperature during the day is typically between minus 5 to 10 degrees. In warmer weather, the highest temperature can reach 1 or 2 degrees, but the end of January and the beginning of February is the coldest time of the year. A day on which the highest temperature fails to reach zero is called Mafuyubi. This means “Midwinter day” in English. In the case of warmer weather, snow and ice sculptures in the Sapporo Snow Festival sometimes melt, although every year is different. Globes and scarf are must have items.