June 21, 2022 11:15
This year's first heatwave alert was issued for inland areas on Monday, about 20 days earlier than last year.
The Korea Meteorological Administration raised the heat alert for Uiseong, Gyeongsan and Gumi in North Gyeongsang Province, and issued advisories for many other parts of the country.
The alert is issued when the highest feels-like temperature is expected to climb above 35 degrees Celsius for more than two days.
The Ministry of the Interior and Safety also raised its four-level heat warning to the level 2, which is issued when the day high is expected to climb above 33 degrees Celsius for more than three days in 10 percent of the country.
Sweltering heat and humidity will persist until Wednesday, but will abate temporarily on Thursday when the country comes under the influence of a monsoon front.
The monsoon already brought rain on Jeju Island, which is forecast to have 5 to 20 mm of rain by Tuesday.
But the KMA has not yet said when the rainy season officially starts. Cumulative precipitation so far this year is a mere 57.8 percent of normal years.
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