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What Weather Will Be Seen For the 2020 Olympics?

September 7, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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The voting is complete for the selection of host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The games are tentatively scheduled to begin in late July, lasting through early August. What weather can aspiring Olympians expect when they arrive in seven years to compete?

Tokyo is located at about the same latitude as Atlanta and Los Angeles, and thus can be quite warm during the summer. Being on an island, like all of Japan, its summers tend to be quite humid. The hottest months of the year are August, with an average high of 88 degrees, and July, with an average high of 85 degrees. Low temperatures typically are in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Thanks to the warm and humid climate, thunderstorms are also common during the summer, and heavy rain can be expected during July, August, and even September. The city averages 6-to-8 inches of rain in July, and 7-to-11 inches during August and September, so visitors would be well advised to bring an umbrella.

In addition, Tokyo is prone to typhoons. While most pass south of Japan`s capital, these storms can wreak havoc on the city. Similar to the U.S. hurricane season, the peak of typhoon season is August and September, but one such storm struck the Tokyo area in October 2009, killing 2 and injuring 49. Major disruptions to the transportation network were reported.

Prior to these games, the world`s best athletes will meet in February 2014 in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics; August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Summer Games; and in February 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the Winter Olympics.

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Story Image: The skyline of Tokyo is shown with Mt. Fuji in the background (Wikimedia Commons).

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