JMA declares start of rainy season

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Women walk past brightly colored hydrangeas in rain in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, on Wednesday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe rainy season has likely started in the Kanto-Koshin, Kinki and Tokai regions, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced Wednesday.

It rained in large areas of the Kanto region and southward on Wednesday morning.

In Tokyo’s Ginza district, hydrangeas in full bloom were the perfect antidote to the drab weather conditions.

According to the agency, the rainy season started two days earlier than average in the Kanto-Koshin and Tokai regions and one day earlier in the Kinki region. Compared to last year, it arrived 15 days earlier in Tokai, 14 days earlier in Kinki, and one day earlier in Kanto-Koshin.

The agency forecasts there will be more rainfall than average in June, but that there will be more fine days in July and after as a high-pressure system over the Pacific will stretch across Japan.Speech

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