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Sizzling weather, sleepless nights on the Korean Peninsular

Sizzling weather, sleepless nights on the Korean Peninsular

Posted July. 28, 2002 22:16,   


“It’s too hot.” Sizzling sun, the sky without a cloud, and hot, sticky weather…

As the rainy season has ended, the nation is hit by heat wave.

Ñ Everyday, a record high in temperature = Since July 25th, the central region of the country has been gripped by fiery hot weather, while it has been very sticky in the central western area.

According to the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA), the temperature was 37 degrees Celsius, a record high in Incheon on July 28th, and in general, many other areas in the central region posted the highest temperatures.

Even morning lows in most of the nation were as high as 25 degrees Celsius as a tropical nights phenomenon continued from the day before.

On 27th, the temperature rose to 36.2 degrees Celsius in Jeonju, and midday highs were around 35 degrees Celsius in other areas of the nation. In Jeonju, morning lows were 28.5 degrees Celsius. A Tropical nights phenomenon occurred in most of the nation.

Ñ Cause = A KMA official said, “As a heavy mass of air moved into the country after Typhoon Fengshen was going out, and the heavy air, combined with a easterly foehn, causes high temperatures around the central area.

In the southern region, it’s like in a sauna, though cloudy due to the effect of the typhoon, because of a hot air mass that moved into the country from the south

In particular, the tropical nights phenomenon is fueled by heat released from air-conditioners and cars on the streets, and radiation from asphalt roads which become hot during the day. In definition, a tropical nights phenomenon is a continuance of temperatures of more that 25 degrees Celsius at night.

Ñ forecast = The KMA forecast that hot weather with midday highs at more that 30 degrees Celsius would continue due to the effect of the North-pacific high pressure until early August.

Even the southern area, which saw rainy and cloudy days because of the effects of the two typhoons will be hit by hot weather, as Typhoon Fengshen and Fung Wong weaken.

Meanwhile, In 1994, when a record heat wave hit the nation, in Busan areas, a tropocal nights phenomenon continued for 41 days in July and August.

The KMA forecast one bout of two of heavy rains and one typhoon or two in mid-August.

Young-A Soh sya@donga.com