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Thursday, 26th May 2011
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JMA predicts average to warm summer ahead

Visitors to Japan this summer can expect that temperatures in most regions will be normal or higher than average, the national tourist office has said.

According to the June to August forecast, released yesterday (May 25th) by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Okinawa and Kyushu will have a better than usual summer.

The northern island of Hokkaido is expected to experience normal summer weather, while the earthquake-hit north eastern region is likely to see frequent rainfall, Kyodo News reports.

During August, the Sea of Japan region on the east coast is expected to be cooler and wetter than usual, with a warning of possible landslides issued by the JMA.

Last summer saw a significant heat wave in Japan and concerns have been raised about the ability of the damaged energy infrastructure to deal with similar weather conditions, due to the increased demand for air conditioning.

Written by Susan Ballion