June 15, 2010 07:54
This year's monsoon season will begin in Jeju on June 17, and the weather front will reach the southern part of the peninsula the following day and the entire country on June 19, the Korea Meteorological Administration predicted Monday.
Jeju and the south will see heavy rains three or four days earlier than last year, and the central part of the peninsula nine days earlier. That is two to four days earlier than the previous three-decade average.
The KMA warned of severe rain damage as downpours are expected to be heavier than usual.
"We've observed that the monsoon front moving north toward Korea has taken much more distinct shape than in previous years," KMA said. "The more distinct the shape of the monsoon front gets, the heavier the rain."
The KMA promised weather forecasts for each ward and district across the country on its website (www.kma.go.kr) every hour from Tuesday.
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