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S. Korean weather breaks records in 2020 amid climate crisis Updated: 2021-01-14 14:47:36 KST

Data released by the Korea Meteorological Administration has revealed that the period between December 2019 and February 2020 was South Korea's warmest winter on record.

Average temperatures for January last year hovered around 2.8 degrees Celsius with the highest at 7.7 degrees and the lowest at minus 1.1 degrees…all records for the warmest January since data was first compiled in 1973.
There were no cold waves during that time, which also was a first.

The KMA says that this was due to a weakened Siberian high pressure system which usually sends cold air to South Korea as well as warm winds blowing in from the west of the Pacific Oceanall caused by rising temperatures.

Temperature changes were prominent throughout the year with March bringing one of the warmest springs on record before a sharp drop in April.

Meanwhile, summer 2020 began with heat waves as early as June with average temperatures and the number of heat wave days also breaking records.
The average temperature for June actually surpassed that of Julyan unusual reading which was observed for the first time.

Last summer, South Korea saw one of the wettest rainy seasons on record with torrential downpours continuing for a record 54 days in the central area which includes Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, Chungcheong-do and Gangwon-do provinces.
Jeju Island also recorded its longest rainy season of 49 days.
There were a total of 23 typhoons with four of them inflicting heavy damage in South Korea throughout August and September.

The weather agency emphasizes that the unusual weather in 2020 was as the result of climate change and says that it will develop its technology further to improve weather services in the face of this climate crisis.
Kim Cheong-ah, Arirang News.
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