August 30, 2011 09:28
A late summer heat wave that began last week will likely continue until mid-September, the Korea Meteorological Administration said. The hot sunny weather Korea missed out on this summer is making a belated comeback.
The spell of sweltering heat gripped the nation on Monday, with the daytime high in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province reaching 34.2 degrees Celsius. A heat advisory for regions where daytime highs are expected to climb above 33 degrees for more than two days was issued for some parts of North and South Jeolla provinces.
"The country was hit by a late heat wave as hot and humid vapors flowed from the east along the periphery of a North Pacific anticyclone," the KMA said. "Temperatures will hover around 30 degrees in western parts of the country such as the Seoul metropolitan area and Chungcheong and Jeolla provinces."
This summer has seen a peculiar weather pattern. In Seoul, the weather is normally hottest in early August and temperatures drop gradually toward the end of the month. But this year temperatures in late August were higher than in early August.
The average daytime high on Aug. 21-29 was 30.4 degrees, 2.1 degrees above the 30-year average high between 1981 and 2010 and up 0.3 degrees from early August.
"The country will remain in the grip of humid, hot weather for the time being as an air mass flows in from tropics," a KMA weatherman said. "Then it will be hit by sweltering heat under the influence of a continental anticyclone bringing hot and dry air."
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