Kyoto is closing in on the six-week period known as "rainy season." It is not always rainy and not always sticky, but it is in general not a pleasant time of year.
Normally, mid- to late-May is one of the best times to be in the city, but this year it is already hot.
Rainy season usually arrives around June 10 and runs, according to local lore, until Gion Matsuri festival (July 17) when the skies magically part and blue skies reign until the September rains.
Global warming appears to be messing with the calendar however.
Kyoto is already experiencing high summer (mid-July to mid-September) like weather.
Still, humidity is not through the roof, and early mornings and evenings are divine.
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