Torrential Monsoon Rains Alleviate Drought

  • By Park Sang-hyun

    June 23, 2022 12:54

    Torrential downpours on Thursday finally brought relief from the year's record drought as the monsoon season officially started in Korea. 

    Some 30 to 50 mm of rain per hour are expected across the country until early Friday morning, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

    Rain will continue in some southern parts until Saturday morning with up to 120 mm of precipitation. 

    People walk in the rain in Seoul on Thursday. /Yonhap

    But the heatwave is expected to return from Saturday due to a high-pressure front, interspersed with sudden downpours, until the monsoon rains take over again next week.

    The rains are much needed. Cumulative nationwide rainfall until Tuesday was 215.9 mm, a mere 56.6 percent of the 30-year average.

    The KMA warned of landslides as sudden torrents loosen the dry soil. The rainy season usually lasts for a month, and the recent pattern is that it oscillates between sweltering heat and thunderstorms. 

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