This Year's Monsoon to Be Longest on Record

  • By Kim Hyo-in

    August 10, 2020 11:19

    Chances are rising that this summer will see the longest monsoon season on record.

    The record so far is 49 days, but the Korea Meteorological Administration expects downpours to continue until Friday, which would add up to 52 days.

    Waves break at a beach on Jeju Island on Monday as typhoon Jangmi approaches Korea. /Yonhap

    Weathermen blame an unusually weak North Pacific high-pressure front, which usually expands its influence in the region at the end of July each year. The monsoon rains are caused by the moist North Pacific high-pressure front meeting the dry Siberian high-pressure front.

    "This year's protracted monsoon season shows quite unusual patterns, making it difficult to make an accurate weather forecast," the KMA said.

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