Tropical Nights Start Early This Year

  • By Kim Eun-gyeong

    July 14, 2021 12:44

    A shorter monsoon season this year means that sweltering temperatures will return early, bringing "tropical nights" when the mercury does not drop below 25 degrees Celsius all night.

    The Korea Meteorological Administration on Tuesday predicted that it will only rain a couple more times next weekend before the monsoon is over. It could be followed by the worst heat wave since 2018.

    This year's monsoon started on July 3, around 10 days later than usual and the first time in 39 years that it began in July rather than June. But due to split low-pressure systems, only occasional showers have fallen in most parts of the country since last week.

    A beach in Sokcho, Gangwon Province is packed with vacationers on July 11. /Yonhap

    As the rain front subsides, hot and humid air flows into the Korean Peninsula, prompting heat advisories since Monday. Evening temperatures fell no lower than 26.3 degrees Celsius on Monday, bringing the first tropical night 23 days earlier than last year.

    The KMA forecast even hotter weather next week.

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