Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Heat Wave Beats South Korea Temperature Record

Heat Wave Beats South Korea Temperature Record

South Korea sweltered under a heat wave on Wednesday (August 1) with a record-breaking temperature in Seoul, leaving residents desperate for a cool way out.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said Seoul's temperature hovered at around 27-point-eight degrees Celsius or more overnight through the small hours of Wednesday morning.

The mercury reached 40.6 C in Hongcheon in the northeastern province of Gangwon, the highest-ever temperature recorded in the country, the weather agency said.

The temperature reached 40.4 degrees in the southeastern province of North Gyeongsang, and 39.6 degrees in the capital Seoul. Some opted for portable electric fans and cold drinks.

It was the highest ever recorded across the country since the KMA started compiling the data in 1907.

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The unusually sweltering heat came after the rainy season ended earlier than usual.

This year's summer rainy season lasted for only 16 days, half of the normal average.

So far, 28 people have died and more than 2,200 people have received medical attention, due to the overwhelming wave hitting South Korea these days.

In many South Korean cities, the temperature set a new historical record. "Being under high atmospheric pressure means the air from above circulates downwards".

The heat will continue till the end of the week, said the agency.

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