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Heavy rain slams central, southern parts of S. Korea as monsoon to last longer than usual Updated: 2020-07-30 17:18:53 KST

Monsoon rain has slammed the central and southern parts of South Korea on Thursday morning.
The central city of Daejeon is among the hardest hit …with some areas receiving more than 2-hundred-60 millimeters of rainfall.
In an apartment complex, cars are flooded, and people were trapped inside buildings waiting for the fire services to rescue them.
With the water level reaching people's waists, even boats were used for the rescue.
High-speed rail services have also been delayed due to flooded tracks.
It was a similar situation in Chungcheong-do and Jeollabuk-do provinces.
As the day progressed, heavy rain alerts have been lifted in most parts of the country.
But another round of torrential rain is expected in the southwest on Thursday night.
These places could get up to 2-hundred millimeters of rain by Friday morning.
The rest of the country, including Seoul, will receive about 5 to 40 millimeters of rain.

This monsoon rain will come to an end on Friday for southern regions.
But the national weather agency forecasts on-and-off heavy showers will continue longer in central regions.

"Heavy rain is forecast for central regions over the weekend, as the monsoon is expected to continue into next week.

This unusually long monsoon is due the cooler air that's still lingering over the country, blocking the inflow of the heat from Japan.

"A stationary front is generated between the cold, upper air and the warm northern pacific high pressure,causing massive rainclouds.

The weather agency forecasts the monsoon will end on August 10th, after it moves back and forth across the peninsula.
If the forecast is correct, it would be one of the longest monsoon seasons ever recorded in South Korea.
Previously, the latest the monsoon has ended was August 10th in 1987, followed by August 4th in 2013, and August 2nd in 1991.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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