July 08, 2019 11:22
A heat wave gripped the entire nation over the weekend at what would normally be the height of the rainy season, with temperatures soaring to around 35 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures reached 36.1 degrees in Seoul on Saturday, the second-hottest on record for early July. Records were set in Suwon (35.1 degrees) and Dongducheon (35.8 degrees) in Gyeonggi Province, and Ganghwa (34.4 degrees) in Incheon. Earlier last week, some 20 other town and cities across the country also saw record temperatures.
The scorching heat is expected to continue until Tuesday.
But the Korea Meteorological Administration forecast a cooler summer than usual overall. Last year, a North Pacific high-pressure front, Tibetan high-pressure front and thermal high-pressure front from China were all strong, but they are weaker this year.
Another reason is that the summer monsoon will go on for longer than last year, when it lasted only 14 days from June 26 to July 9. That was less than half of the rainy season in 2017 (32 days).
This year the rainy season, which officially began on June 27, is forecast to last for about three weeks, and although rains have been sparse so far, the rain front will return around Wednesday, causing temperatures to drop across the country.
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