Cold Endangers Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami Survivors

March 11, 2011; 12:02 PM ET
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Rescue crews combing the wreckage left in the wake of Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan will welcome dry weather this weekend, but cold temperatures will endanger those without shelter or power.

The dry weather will prevail throughout northern and central Japan this weekend with an area of high pressure overhead, aiding rescue and cleanup operations.

Those left without shelter or power, however, will be faced with chilly conditions into Saturday.

Temperatures in Sendai, one of the larger cities located closest to the earthquake's epicenter, will dip into the upper 20s (F) Friday night (local time) . Highs on Saturday will only recover to around 40 degrees.

The weekend will end on a milder note with afternoon highs on Sunday rising to near 50 degrees.

Tokyo, which also endured intense shaking during the powerful earthquake, will not be exempt from the cool weather. Temperatures will plummet down to around freezing Friday night before recovering into the lower 50s F on Saturday.

The dry conditions will not last into early next week. More substantial rain will return to central and northern Japan Monday afternoon and night.

That rain will be followed by an invasion of fresh cold air during the middle of next week. Snow may also accompany the cold blast in Sendai.

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