May 19, 2009 07:35
Summers in Seoul have become about one month longer over the past century. Based on analysis of climate change in Seoul for the past century (1908-2007), the National Institute of Meteorological Research on Monday said Seoul has 32 more summer days but 34 fewer winter days than 100 years ago.
Summer days are those when average daily temperature is higher than 20 degrees Celsius, and winter days when the temperature is below 5 degrees.
Seoul now has longer summers due to the global warming and urbanization. Kwon Won-tae, the chief of the NIMR climate laboratory, said, "Global warming has speeded up in urban areas like Seoul. The four seasons in Seoul have changed remarkably compared to 100 years ago."
Climate change is speeding up in Seoul, with the temperature increase rate more than three times faster than the world average. The yearly average temperature in Seoul has risen by 2.4 degrees Celsius over the past century, while that of the entire Korean Peninsula has increased by 1.7 degrees. The world average has risen by 0.74 degrees during a similar period (1912-2008).
"If global warming continues at the current pace, Seoul will be in a completely subtropical climate by around 2100," Kwon said. "You may be able to see coconut palms grow in the center of Seoul by then."
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