Tsuyu, the rainy season

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time for the rainy season, or tsuyu (梅雨) in Japanese.  It begins around the middle of June and lasts until the middle of July.  It’s typically very wet with sometimes heavy rain, sometimes misty rain, sometimes thunderstorms.  Night time temperatures are very close to the daytime temperatures, differing by only 2 or 3 degrees sometimes.  It is also very humid.  Usually, it is warm to hot weather, which makes it very uncomfortable.  It’s also terrible weather for doing laundry.

This year’s rainy season has started quite normally, with lots of rain.  The rain started Sunday night.  Last year, the rainy season started late, and even then, it was a pretty dry rainy season.  Once it was supposed to have ended, the normally hot and sunny mid to late July became very wet.  It was a strange summer last year.  Well, I’m hoping for a normal rainy season and a normal summer this year.

We’ve already had several days approaching 30 degrees, and will have some hot days this week.  The tropical air during rainy season will keep it quite muggy.  After rainy season, I look forward to around 2 months of hot and sunny days with temperatures above 30 degrees and high humidity.  Got to love Japan’s summer.

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