May 24, 2022 11:35
Temperatures soared to over 30 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country on Monday, the hottest so far this year.
The summer weather is expected to continue until rain showers cool it down on Thursday, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.
The KMA said warm, humid southwesterly winds will keep temperatures at over 30 degrees Celsius during the day until Wednesday, five to 10 degrees higher than usual.
It added that this summer will probably be hotter than normal as a North Pacific high-pressure front brings hot and humid conditions in July and August. More rainfall than usual is expected in June, ending the current drought but leveling out in July and August.
Cumulative rainfall so far this year totaled 157.7 mm, just 55 percent of the average in previous years and the second driest season since 1973.
The KMA said temperatures will rise this summer because snow melted in Manchuria to form a high-pressure front over Korea. There is also less snow covering the Tibetan highlands than in previous years, causing a high-pressure front to form over the region.
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