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Rainy season is over

Date Posted: 2009-07-02

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory has declared the rainy season to be over, after lasting 41 days.

Although initial weather forecasts through Saturday predicted 30~60% chances of precipitation, none has materialized. Thunderstorms are predicted in the nighttime hours. Temperatures are projected to be in the low 30ís by day and high 20ís by night. The humidity hikes the temperature index to as high as 38C.

The Meteorological Observatory says this yearís rainy season ended five days later than usual and 11 days later than last year.

The rainy spell in Okinawa began May 18 and lasted 41 days, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory says, with more rain in almost all parts of the Okinawa area than in past years. The observatory says precipitation totaled 582.5 millimeters in Naha, compared with 320.6 mm in an average year.

Most of the rain took place in the northern regions of the island where most of the dams are located helping to boost the reservoirs to about 70 percent of the capacilty. That in turn means that the loomin threat of water rationing has receded although not completely disappeared as the water levels in the dams are still below average.

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