As the sweltering heat persists across a vast expanse of the country, the Meteorological Agency has officially declared the end of the rainy season in the Kanto-Koshin and Tohoku regions of eastern Japan. The agency made this announcement on Saturday, revealing that the Kanto-Koshin region concluded its rainy season three days later than the average year, while in the southern Tohoku region, it ended two days earlier, and in the northern Tohoku region, it ended six days earlier.
In a notable shift from last year’s weather patterns, the rainy season’s exit in the Kanto-Koshin area occurred one day earlier. This season, the Kanto-Koshin region embarked on the rainy season journey around June 8, with Tohoku initiating the season on June 11. On the other hand, the southern and northern Kyushu regions are still experiencing the lingering effects of the rainy season.
In contrast, the Kinki region bid farewell to the rainy season on Thursday, one day later than the average year but three days earlier than in 2022. It is important to note that Hokkaido, the nation’s northernmost prefecture, does not encounter the rainy season.
As the rainy season comes to an end, eastern Japan faces soaring temperatures, with Tokyo recording temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Earlier this week, the capital experienced a significant spike, with temperatures surpassing 35 degrees Celsius, raising concerns about the risk of heatstroke.
Taking a closer look at precipitation patterns during the rainy season, the Kanto-Koshin area received 107.5 millimeters of rainfall from June 8 to Friday, significantly below the average of around 256.4 mm for this period. Meanwhile, the Tohoku region saw an estimated 278 mm of rainfall in Sendai during the same period, slightly exceeding the average of 242.1 mm. However, the city of Akita experienced a remarkable 506 mm of rainfall, more than double the average of 242.5 mm, indicating the intensity of heavy rains that hit the area earlier this month. The torrential downpours in Akita led to evacuations and widespread damage, underscoring the importance of preparedness and resilience during extreme weather events.
The conclusion of the rainy season brings with it both benefits and challenges. While it marks the end of prolonged rainfall and the beginning of clearer skies, the soaring temperatures pose a new set of concerns, particularly the risks associated with heat-related illnesses. As the nation copes with the transition into the summer season, it is crucial for individuals to take necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy amidst the heat.
With the climate becoming increasingly unpredictable, monitoring weather updates and heeding advisories from meteorological agencies becomes essential for both individuals and communities. As we navigate through the changing weather patterns, staying informed and prepared will be key in ensuring our well-being and safety.