Freak Weather Continues

  • By Sun Jung-min

    June 08, 2021 11:29

    Women share an umbrella in Seoul on June 3. /Newsis

    The weather has been fluctuating wildly since May, with early summer temperatures one day plummeting to chilly rains the next. Even the first snow in three decades fell in early May.

    On Monday, unexpected showers drenched Seoul, Incheon and some parts of Gangwon Province. The Korea Meteorological Administration attributed them to a thin belt of rain clouds that entered from the West Sea at a speed of 60 km/h.

    It was the third time it has rained in Seoul this month. From May 25 until June 1, Seoul saw eight days of rain in a row, and in May it rained every two days or for the longest period since 1973.

    But on June 2 daytime highs soared to 30 degrees Celsius, and they climbed even higher on Sunday, prompting an exodus to the beaches of Busan and Gangneung.

    The KMA blamed a cold and dry air mass hovering over the Korean Peninsula that was met by rain clouds and predicted more rain for Tuesday and sweltering heat on Wednesday.

    The monsoon season is not expected to start until June 24 or 25 but will be average or drier than last year's record rainy season.

    Mercury levels in June and July are expected to be slightly higher than in previous years but August temperatures will be average for the month.

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