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The rainy season appears to be over in western and central Japan as well as Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said.

The regions, which cover major cities including Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, are now officially set to enter the hot and humid summer season, the agency said Monday.

The weather agency warned that with the rising temperatures, the dangers of heatstroke will also increase.

It said that only eastern Japan, including the Tokyo metropolitan area and northeastern Japan, were still under the influence of the rainy season.

Hokkaido does not have a rainy season.

Meanwhile, in the southwest of the country, the rainy season has already ended in the Okinawa and Amami regions — chains of islands located between Kyushu and Taiwan.

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