Nagasaki observes season's 1st blooming of cherry trees in Japan
Japan Today -- Mar 21
Cherry trees came into bloom Wednesday in the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki, the first blooming of the "Somei Yoshino" variety in Japan this spring, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Officials confirmed at around 10 a.m. that five flowers had started to blossom from a cherry tree at an observatory of the agency in the city of Nagasaki. The bloom was four days earlier than usual but three days later than last year.

The flowers will be in full bloom in a week to 10 days, the observatory said. "The warmer-than-usual weather has most likely led to the cherry tree's early blooming," a local agency official said.

The average temperature in the city of Nagasaki was 2.1 degrees higher than usual in late February at 10.8 C, and 1.8 degrees higher at 11.1 C in early March, according to the weather agency.

長崎地方気象台は20日、長崎市内で桜(ソメイヨシノ)が開花したと発表した。平年より4日早く、昨年より3日遅い。満開までは1週間から10日ほどかかる見込み。気象庁によると、全国で最も早い開花。
News sources: Japan Today, Kyodo
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