This June was the hottest in Seoul in 105 years, and the mercury early July is expected to continue higher than the 30-year average, the Korea Metrological Administration said Sunday.
Temperatures in the capital stood at 24.1 degrees Celsius on average last month, the highest since statistics were first compiled in 1908. It was 0.4 degrees hotter than the previous high of 23.7 degrees in 2000 and 1.9 degrees up from the average of 22.2 degrees.
The day's high soared over 30 degrees for 11 days in June. The day's low was on average 20 degrees last month, also the warmest since 1908, while the day's high was 29.7 degrees, the highest since 29.8 degrees in 1929.
A KMA official said, "For the past three decades, the day's high in Seoul stood at 28.6 and 29.6 degrees on average in July and August, so it was hotter in June this year than in the average midsummer."
The average temperature for the whole country rose 0.9 degrees compared to previous years to 22.1 degrees. When the seasonal rains fell on Saturday the mercury fell briefly, but the central region will see sweltering weather again, the KMA predicted. The monsoon front moved southward to Jeju Island on Sunday but will likely begin to move north again between Tuesday and Thursday, bringing rain in southern parts.