Rainy Season Over in Eastern to Western Japan (News)


Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)—This year's rainy season seems to be over in the eastern to western Japan regions of Kantō-Kōshin, Tōkai, Kinki, Chūgoku and Shikoku, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday.

According to the agency, the end of the wet season came 10 days earlier than in the previous year in Kantō-Kōshin, including Tokyo, nine days earlier in Tōkai and a day later in Kinki, Chūgoku and Shikoku. The season was two days shorter than usual in the four regions other than Shikoku, which had one additional day.

Forecasting extremely high temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius for some prefectures in the Kantō, Tōkai, Kinki, Chūgoku and Shikoku regions as well as Okinawa Prefecture, where the rainy season was already over, the agency warned about the danger of heatstroke.

On Tuesday, stormy weather hit many areas of mainland Japan outside the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidō. But the rainy front moved northwestward Wednesday as a high-pressure system near Okinawa became stronger.

In the next seven days, eastern to western regions plus Okinawa are expected to have sunny weather with the mercury shooting up, the agency said.

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