Korea Swelters Through Early Tropical Nights

  • By Park Sang-hyun

    June 27, 2022 09:21

    Korea is sweating through sweltering nights when the mercury never falls below 25 degrees now the monsoon rains have subsided temporarily.

    The nighttime low reached 25 degrees in Cheongju, Chuncheon and Jeonju on Sunday night and was still as high as 24.8 degrees in Seoul. The daily low is expected to fall no lower than 23 to 24 degrees amid high humidity all week.

    According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the average daytime low on Sunday was the highest in 25 years, making it feel more like August than June.

    People cool off on a beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Sunday. /Yonhap

    Sunday was the hottest June night ever in many parts of the country. The nighttime temperature in Incheon of 23.5 degrees was the hottest recorded on 117 years.

    Records were also set in Cheongju (26 degrees), Chuncheon (25.5 degrees), Daejeon (24.9 degrees), Gangneung (28.9 degrees), Gochang (24.6 degrees), Gunsan (24.2 degrees), Gwangju (24.8 degrees), Seosan (23.2 degrees) and Suwon (24.7 degrees).

    Daytime highs, meanwhile, soared above 30 degrees and humidity was high.

    The first heat warning this year was issued on June 20, which was 20 days earlier than last year.

    But thunderstorms are expected in southern parts on Monday with up to 30 mm of torrential rainfall and winds of up to 70 km/h. Gangwon Province, Jeju Island and Seoul are expected to see between 20 to 60 mm of rain.

    The daytime high will rise to 27 degrees in Seoul, while Cheongju, Daejeon and Gangneung will see daytime highs rise to 30 degrees despite overcast skies.

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