Prolonged Drought Grips Nation

A scorching heat wave continues nationwide with daytime highs hovering over 30 degrees Celsius. According to a forecast by the Korea Meteorological Administration, there may be sporadic rain during the day on Tuesday, but none heavy enough to quench the drought.

Temperatures will rise to 30 degrees in Seoul and 32 degrees in Gangneung and Sokcho, Gangwon Province Tuesday. An advisory for strong ultraviolet radiation was also issued for many areas.

With no sign of monsoon rain yet in the central region of the country, heavy rain is expected along with thunder and lightning on Jeju from Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning. Most southern regions will also see some rain on Wednesday morning, and rain will spread nationwide on Thursday.

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Sporadic rain will fall until Friday and somewhat lessen the long drought, but total precipitation is expected to be less than 20 mm, the KMA forecast.

This year's monsoon, which was initially expected to hit late June or early July, likely ends late this month without bringing heavy rains, while continuous heat waves cause severe drought.

"It seems highly likely that the central regions will have significantly less precipitation this year," a weatherman said. "But there is still a chance that typhoons or other strong storms will bring heavy rain after the monsoon season ends."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 15, 2014 11:45 KST