Ishikawa is located on the Sea of Japan side, which is known for having very temperamental weather. It would be best to get in the habit checking the daily weather report for expected rainfall throughout the day. Some days can rain all day, while other days may have a strong downpour that will last for about 20 minutes.
Ishikawa's weather is considered temperate, but rainy. Ishikawa receives an estimated 186 cm of rain annually and has an average temperature of 14.9ºC. Ishikawa has four distinct seasons: spring from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn from September to November, and winter from December to February.
Summer (June to August)
Summer in Ishikawa is very hot and humid. Short sleeves light fabrics would be best to wear. The average temperature gets to be about 25-26ºC between July and August, with highs sometimes reaching 35C. Most businesses and buildings will start using the air conditioner around July 1, but will set them around 28C to conserve energy.
Rainy Season (mid-June to mid-July)
Like most of Japan, Ishikawa experiences a rainy season that occurs from mid-June to about mid-July. Its exact start and end date changes every year, but it usually lasts for about 3-4 weeks.
Autumn (September to November)
You will experience warmer temperatures during the day, but temperatures will start falling at night. By October, you will need to start wearing a light jacket every day. By November the temperatures will start being low enough to require long sleeves. Make sure you layer for work as many schools and city halls do not heat the hallways. Bring a blanket to keep warm at the office. Rainfall and possible snow will start to increase around November so keep an umbrella on hand.
Winter (December to March)
Winter is by far the most difficult season in Ishikawa. The Noto and Hakusan areas get an incredible amount of snowfall, which can make transportation difficult. Invest in a nice winter jacket and thick gloves. Temperatures average around 3-4ºC in the winter getting colder at night. Make sure you are well-stocked on kerosene. If you're a fan of winter sports you can take advantage of the snowfall with trips to the mountains. NOTE: After November 1, please wear long sleeves to the office regardless of the temperature.
Spring (Late March to May)
You will still want to wear a winter jacket for the early part of spring, but some days will be warm enough for short sleeves. It would be best to keep a jacket and umbrella handy for sudden downpours and other shifts in the weather. It's best to layer your clothes and keep a blanket or jacket at work as many offices will turn off the heat on April 1, regardless of the temperature.
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*Source: Japan Meteorological Agency