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Photo Journal: Early start to summer

People walk with sun umbrellas in the Ginza district of Tokyo's Chuo Ward on June 29, 2018. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced the same day that the rainy season appeared to be over in the Kanto-Koshin region. It was the first time on records that date back to 1951 for the end of the rainy season to be declared in June. The announcement came 22 days earlier than average and seven days earlier than the previous year's announcement. According to the JMA, weather patterns caused the seasonal rain front to move north earlier than usual this year. The maximum temperature at 318 observation points in the Tohoku, Kanto, Hokuriku and other regions on June 29 topped 30 degrees Celsius while the mercury soared over 35 degrees Celsius at 32 points including those in Yamagata and Yorii, Saitama Prefecture. Yamagata recorded a maximum temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius -- a record high for June. (Mainichi)

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