Chilly Weather, Dirty Air to Blanket Korea

      March 23, 2015 09:28

      A brief cold snap and sandstorms from China are ending clear and relatively warm weather this week.

      The mercury fell to -1 degree Celsius in Seoul on Monday morning, about four degrees colder than normal.

      Morning lows dropped below zero throughout the country, except for South Jeolla and South Gyeongsang provinces.

      But daily highs are expected to rise to about 10 degrees, a steep temperature difference for one day.

      The cold snap will likely continue until Tuesday, when the morning low in Seoul will fall to -2 degrees and then gradually return to normal, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

      Sandstorms that gripped the country last weekend are retuning on Monday. With more dust storms arising in China's northeast, a thin layer of dust will blanket the west coast and in some inland areas, the KMA said.

      The haze will raise the concentration of dust particles nationwide to a "bad" 81-150㎍/㎥.

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