Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

Okinawa is first in Japan to see end of rainy season

Sunflowers blooming against a clear sky after the end of rainy season (Morning of June 12, Gushikami, Yaese)

June 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced that the rainy season in Okinawa appears to be over. This is 11 days earlier than the end of rainy season in an average year (June 23) and 28 days earlier compared to last year, which was the latest end (July 10) since these statistics were first recorded in 1951.

Rainy season started around May 11 this year and particularly heavy rain was recorded. Rainfall in May in Okinawa was 193% compared to a normal year’s average regional rainfall. As of June 10, the 11 dams on the main island of Okinawa were at 94.6% of their water storage capacity, which is 14.9 points higher than this time in a normal year.

For the next week, Okinawa will be mostly sunny due to high atmospheric pressure over the region. From June 12 to 20 is expected to be especially hot. The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory advises that “There will be elevated risk of heat stroke. Take appropriate measures such as staying out of the heat and drinking plenty of water.”

Many people are wearing masks to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. However, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare recommends reducing stress on the body by removing masks when outdoors in a space where social distancing is possible.
(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)

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