May 16, 2019 09:37
This year's first heat advisory was issued for Gwangju on Wednesday, the earliest on record.
The Korea Meteorological Administration issued the advisory at 3 p.m. as temperatures hit 33 degrees Celsius and were expected to remain above that level for the next two days.
The highest temperature was measured at 33.1 degrees in Pungam-dong, Gwangju. Elsewhere temperatures climbed to 30 degrees.
The previous earliest heat wave advisory was issued for the northeastern part of Gyeonggi Province on May 19, 2016.
The early heat wave suggests that another record summer lies ahead. Last summer was already the hottest on record as the mercury soared to 41 degrees in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province last August.
Temperatures are expected to rise on Thursday, with the highest at 30 degrees in Seoul, 31 degrees in Daejeon, 32 degrees in Gwangju, 31 degrees in Daegu, 26 degrees in Ulsan, and 25 degrees in Busan, according to the KMA.
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