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The climate of Kobe, a Japanese city in the southern part of Honshu Island, in the Kansai region, is temperate humid
, with quite 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.
Kobe is located on the coast, in the Seto Inland Sea, an area relatively protected from summer monsoon and typhoons. The city is stretched along the coast, with a range of low mountains behind (Rokko Mountains), while to the east it is practically merged with Osaka and Kyoto, in a large metropolitan area called Keihanshin
In the winter
there are fairly mild periods, with highs above 10 °C, alternating with cold periods, with wind and rain, highs around 5/7 °C or less, and possible falls of sleet or snow. Snowfalls, however, are light, as are nocturnal frosts.
are hot and humid; there can be periods of good weather, with maximum temperatures around 35 °C or above, tropical nights and high humidity, but also periods of bad weather, due to the summer monsoon. August is the hottest month, both for the thermal inertia of the sea, and for the lower frequency of periods of bad weather.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Kobe
are quite abundant, as they amount to 1,200 millimetres per year; winter is undoubtedly the driest season, at least in quantity; the rainiest months are June and July, ie the first period of the rainy season (called Baiu
). In August there is a certain decrease in the frequency of the rains: on average, among the summer months, it is the hottest, as well as the driest and sunniest.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Kobe
In the latter part of summer and in early autumn, from August to October, Kobe may be affected by typhoons
, the tropical cyclones of Southeast Asia, though this area with a view on the Seto Inland Sea is relatively sheltered (however, in September 1934, the city was hit by a typhoon that caused a lot of damage).
The cherry blossoming
in Kobe occurs around April the 3rd.
The amount of sunshine
in Kobe, all things considered decent in winter, never becomes very good, however, you can see two peaks, one in spring (April-May), and the other in August, after the Baiu rains, with 6/7 hours of sunshine per day.
in Kobe is warm enough for swimming (with a temperature of 23 degrees or more) from July to October, and it gets pleasantly warm in August.
Sea temperature - Kobe