June 09, 2011 12:10
Thunderstorms will hit the country Friday as Jeju and the southern region come under the influence of the summer monsoon front on Friday, the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast Wednesday.
This year, the monsoon will arrive earlier than at any time since the KMA began compiling statistics in 1973 -- seven days earlier than last year and nine or 10 days earlier than the average in previous years.
"The monsoon front was created earlier than in previous years as a hot and humid North Pacific anticyclone expanded north faster than ever," a KMA weatherman said. "The rain will start falling in Jeju on Friday, and the monsoon front will spread to the southern coast late in the afternoon or at night."
However, this year's first monsoon front will probably not reach the central part of the country but travel back south on Saturday afternoon.
KMA chief weather forecaster Chung Jun-suk said, "It's highly likely that the monsoon season will start earlier and end earlier than in previous years. Caution is required because we'll probably have heavier rain this year."
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