July 25, 2012 13:09
Korea continues to groan under sweltering heat. The mercury soared to a yearly high of 36.3 degrees Celsius in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Other southern parts of the country also experienced severe heat waves, including Milyang in South Gyeongsang Province with 36.1 degrees, Daegu with 36 degrees and Jeonju in North Jeolla Province with 35.3 degrees.
Heat warnings were issued for most parts of the nation including the central areas. Temperatures stood at 32.1 degrees in Seoul and 33 degrees in Munsan, Gyeonggi Province.
Seoul citizens experienced their second consecutive so-called tropical night on Tuesday when the mercury stayed above 25 degrees.
"Due to a strong North Pacific high-pressure system and stationary fronts, the heat wave is expected to affect the nation until the end of the month," the KMA said. "The mercury will likely continue to hover around 33 degrees during the day and people will experience more tropical nights."
It advised people to be careful to avoid heat-related illness.
The weather agency recommends walking as slowly as possible during the daytime, wearing light, loose clothes in bright colors, drinking water regularly even if not feeling thirsty, showering with lukewarm water for a good night's sleep, and not taking long naps.
The KMA also recommended flashlights, ready food and fans for a possible power outage.
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