Map from Google - Kagoshima
The climate of Kagoshima, a Japanese city located in the south coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of the major Japanese islands, is temperate humid
, with mild winters and hot, moist, and rainy summers. Like the rest of Japan, the city is affected by the monsoon circulation
: in winter the northwest cold currents will prevail, while in summer they will be replaced by the hot and humid currents of tropical origin.
The city is located at a low latitude (we are at the 31rd parallel), in an area where the winter cold air masses coming from the Asian continent, though still possible, become more rare.
In the winter
there can be periods of bad weather, but also sunny days. Every so often there may be cold periods, with wind and rain, highs around 5/7 °C or less, and possible falls of sleet or snow, but less often than in the rest of Japan (at least as regards the main islands). Snowfalls, however, are generally light, as are nocturnal frosts.
, which last until September or even early October, are hot and humid; there can be periods of good weather, with maximum temperatures around 35 °C, tropical nights and high humidity, but also periods of bad weather, due to the summer monsoon.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Kagoshima
The temperatures of the airport, located in a green zone about 30 kilometres north-east of the city, and 270 metres above sea level, are much lower than in the city: for example, in January 2016 the temperature dropped to -9 °C, compared to -5 °C in Kagoshima.
are definitely abundant, as they amount to 2,300 millimetres per year; winter is the driest season; the rainiest months are June and July, ie the first period of the rainy season (called Baiu
), which in southern Japan is particularly marked, especially on the west and south coast, where Kagoshima it's located: sometimes the rains can be torrential. In the southwest of Japan, autumn is a decent season, and already in October it typically does not rain very often.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Kagoshima
In the latter part of summer and in early autumn, from August to October (though more likely in August and September), Kagoshima may be affected by typhoons
, the tropical cyclones of Southeast Asia.
The cherry blossoming
in Kagoshima occurs around April tre 3rd.
The amount of sunshine
in Kagoshima is never very good, however, there is a maximum in August, after the Baiu rains, with 6 hours of sunsine per day, while in June, a month of heavy rains, they are only 4.
Kagoshima is located on the coast, in a bay, and in front of the city is an active volcano, Sakurajima: because of the similarity of the landscape, and also of the climate (at least with regard to the mild winter), it has been associated which Naples, to which it is twinned.
in Kagoshima in winter is quite cool, but not impossible for a swim; it is warm enough for swimming (with a temperature of 23 degrees or more) from July to October, and it gets pleasantly warm from July to September.
Sea temperature - Kagoshima