August 12, 2013 10:38
The sweltering heat will continue across the nation this week, the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast on Sunday.
"Seoul will see a daytime high of 33 degrees Celsius on Monday, and temperatures will peak at between 32 and 33 degrees in the capital until the weekend," it said.
"Most areas will be hot, with daytime highs in the mid-30s throughout the week. The mercury will rise to between 35 and 37 degrees in Daegu, 33 to 37 degrees in Ulsan, 33 to 36 degrees in Jeonju, and 34 to 35 degrees in Gangneung."
Rain will be patchy and scarce, giving little respite from the heat, it added
"The skies will be clear throughout the week due to the influence of high atmospheric pressure from the North Pacific Ocean. But there will be sudden showers over inland areas later this week due to unstable atmospheric conditions," said Huh Jin-ho of the meteorological agency.
The nation is also expected to experience a deluge of so-called "tropical nights," when the mercury stays above 25 degrees from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
"People must take good care of their health -- for example by staying well hydrated and refraining from spending much time outdoors during the day, especially when heat wave warnings are issued," the KMA said.
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