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The rainy season apparently ended Wednesday in the Tohoku region, bringing to an end this year’s longer-than-usual wet season, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The agency said the end of the rainy season — or “tsuyu” — came 10 days later than average in the southern Tohoku region and six days later than usual in northern Tohoku.

According to a preliminary report, it lasted 54 days in southern Tohoku, the second-longest duration since the agency began taking statistics in 1951, after a 56-day period logged in 1971. In 1993, 1998 and 2003, there was no clear end to the rainy season.

The agency had earlier reported the end of the wet season in Okinawa and Kyushu, where downpours caused landslides and floods in July, as well as in Shikoku, and said Sunday it had ended in most other parts of Japan, except for Tohoku.

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