June 29, 2021 10:39
The monsoon season will start around July 2, the Korea Meteorological Administration said Monday, around two weeks later than usual and the first time in 39 years that the rainy season has not begun until July.
According to the KMA, a seasonal monsoon front will reach Jeju Island and southern Korea around July 4-5 and central parts on July 7-8.
Over the last 30 years, the rainy season started in Jeju around June 19 and on southern parts of the mainland around June 23, spreading to the central region on June 25. The last time it started in July in Jeju was in 1982.
Last year's monsoon started on June 24 and lasted for a record 54 days. The late start this year is due to an unusually cold air mass pressing down on the Korean Peninsula and blocking the northward advance of the monsoon front.
Woo Jin-kyu at the KMA said, "The cold air mass has now weakened while a North Pacific high-pressure front has increased."
The rainy season has already been heralded by sudden violent downpours.
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