June 19, 2017 10:24
The entire country sweltered under a heat wave on Sunday, with temperatures hovering around 35 degrees Celsius nationwide. With the searing heat expected to last for some time, high-temperature warnings were issued in many parts of the country.
The Korea Meteorological Administration forecast mostly clear skies throughout the country on Monday, with daytime highs reaching 32 degrees in Seoul and 35 in Daegu and Gumi -- about 5 degrees higher than average for this time of year.
New June highs were recorded in Hapcheon (36.5 degrees) and Miryang (36.1 degrees) in South Gyeongsang Province and in Uiseong and Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province (36.1 degrees).
The KMA said the high temperatures were due to hot westerly winds and continued sunny conditions, which have heated the air. The phenomenon is likely to continue until the middle of this week and abate after rain in southern regions on Friday.
The weather agency has forecast higher-than-average temperatures for June, with similar or higher temperatures persisting into July and August. The heat is not expected to be as severe as in the summers of 1994 and 2016, when many people died from the hot conditions.
"The monsoon rains will arrive later than usual," meteorological information provider Kweather said. "Temperatures this summer are expected to exceed annual averages, with many balmy nights, but we don't expect all-time records."
Ozone levels are also surging. The National Institute of Environmental Research forecast unhealthy ozone concentrations in most parts of the country on Monday, and advised against venturing outside unnecessarily.
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