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Tuesday, 28th June 2016
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Japan braced for scorching summer with La Nina on its way

A weather phenomenon known as La Nina is set to bring scorching temperatures to Japan this summer, according to the Meteorological Agency.

It has been six years since the country has been subject to the effects of the unique set of circumstances, which can lead to increased cases of sunstroke.

When La Nina occurs, it is the result of parts of the Pacific cooling due to strong easterly trade winds, which has a knock-on effect with the weather globally and can lead to very hot summers in Japan.

Two anticyclones – the Pacific and the Tibetan – are created near the western part of the country, the agency has observed on previous dealings with the phenomenon.

Experts are predicting that La Nina will strike during July or August this year and could last up until the autumn.

In the summer of 2010, Japan experienced record high temperatures as a result of La Nina and should serve as a lesson for 2016.

The circumstances appear similar to those six years ago, with the more common El Nino being replaced by the inflated temperatures in the troposphere.

A three-month weather forecast for Japan was announced by the agency on Friday (June 24th) and anticipated above average rainfall for the north of the country in July.

Eastern and western Japan, as well as Okinawa are due to have fair weather during August, while the whole country is expected to see the mercury rise for a very hot September.

One benefit of having La Nina as opposed to El Nino is that Japan should experience fewer typhoons and since May this year, none have been detected.

It is the first time in 18 years that there have been zero observed in Japan over such a time period.

Weathernews reports that in La Nina years, the country usually sees a reduction of around 40 per cent in typhoons in Japan.