Severe Cold Wave Forecast Around New Year

  • By Kim Hyo-in

    October 27, 2020 12:01

    A severe cold wave is expected to grip Korea in late December and early January, but overall winter temperatures will be about average.

    The Korea Meteorological Administration on Monday said thawing permafrost in the Arctic Circle and Arctic oscillation make it highly likely that cold air masses will move from the North Pole towards the Korean Peninsula.

    But these factors will likely be offset to some degree by pressure in the stratosphere and snowfall in Siberia.

    The average temperature in November is forecast to be between 7 and 8.2 degrees Celsius, with some cold snaps when cold air flows in from the north.

    In December, temperatures will also be similar to the seasonal average of 1-2 degrees. And in January, temperatures will be similar to or a little higher than previous years at between -1.6 and 0.4 degrees.

    But temperatures will likely drop drastically sometimes as a cold continental anticyclone extends over a vast area during this period. 

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