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Heatwave Dissipating, Forecasters Say

Posted September. 02, 2006 07:00,   


The average temperature for August 2006 was 26.5 degrees Celsius, hitting the record high right after the one set in 1994 (26.8 degrees Celsius).

The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) yesterday disclosed the average monthly temperature after analyzing collected research references from 60 observatories since 1973.

As for the average temperature for August, Seogwipo, Jeju reported 28.6 degrees Celsius, a record high, followed by Daegu at 28.2, Mokpo at 28, Jeju at 27.9, Jeonju at 27.7 and Seoul at 27 degrees Celsius.

Kim Tae-ryong, KMA chief at the Climate Data Team, analyzed, “High pressure from the North Pacific continued to affect the Korean peninsula after the end of the heavy rain season in July which had sizzling days and tropical nights.”

While the rainy days were short, the sunny days were long this summer. The sum total of the precipitation in August came up to 127.4 mm, which is the fifth least since 1973. The lowest precipitation was recorded in 1988 with 98.2mm, in 2001 with 109.9 mm, in 1975 with 112.6mm and in 1996 with 123.4mm.

Korea is expected to have a crystal clear blue sky signaling autumn this weekend.

The KMA forecasts that September 2 and 3 will feature the typical climate of the fall season with mild breezes during the morning and night but sunny and hot in the daytime. The lows are expected to be in the 16-22 degree Celsius range during the morning this weekend, while the highs are expected to be around 26-30 degrees Celsius.

The KMA recommends cold precautions since temperatures will vary more than 10 degrees in a day.

Autumn rain is expected early next week. The KMA anticipates there will be some rainfall of 14~40 mm (average level) in Seoul, Gyeonggi, Yeongdong region of Gangwon on September 4 and in Chungcheong and the southern regions on September 5.