Photo/IllutrationCherry blossoms in bloom in Nagasaki on March 20 (Hikaru Yokoyama)

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NAGASAKI--It's official: Spring has arrived.

The Nagasaki Local Meteorological Office on March 20 observed the blooming of somei-yoshino cherry trees, the earliest across the nation.

The office confirmed that flowers were blooming on a designated sample tree planted on its grounds in the morning.

The observation was made four days earlier than the average year but three days later than last year.

As warm air moved in from the south, temperatures rose across wide areas from the Tohoku region to western Japan on March 20.

Spring weather prevailed in the Tokyo metropolitan area as well, prompting people to remove their coats as they took to the streets.