Rainy season makes late appearance on Okinawa

Rainy season makes late appearance on Okinawa

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Japan

Rainy season is back again on Okinawa and not a moment too soon.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), it is now tsuyu (rainy) season in Okinawa and Amami Islands. The date is a surprising 14 days later than last year and eight later than usual.

The season is called tsuyu, which means plum rain, as it coincides with the seasonal ripening of this luscious and sour fruit, according to one theory. Constant gray skies and gloomy showers can only mean one thing: the rainy season starts to fall on Okinawa followed by mainland Japan and Kyushu Island in early June. Cold northerly and warm southerly air masses collide to create 45 to 50 days of continuous dreary weather dropping anything from drizzle to torrential rain.

On average, the rainy season continues until mid to late June on the island. Stay dry!


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