Rainy season in Korea

Yugyeong Jeong

Precipitation during the rainy season in Korea is mainly caused by the monsoon front that stagnates across eastern Asia from east to west. During the rainy season, the amount of cloud cover increases, and the amount of insolation and sunlight decreases. Humidity and rainfall increase, resulting in persistently cloudy and rainy weather. However, even during the rainy season, if the seasonal rain front weakens or moves away, clear weather may continue. The rainy season in Korea usually starts in late June and ends in late July, and it gets later from the south to the north, but the start and end dates are irregular. In recent years, it has become more difficult to predict the rainy season due to the rise in temperature across the country. This year, the rainy season started last weekend.

Record-breaking torrential rain last year caused significant damage. There have been more than 6,000 landslides across the country and nine people have died. Even after a year has passed, there are still many places that have not been able to complete the restoration of the damage. In the midst of this, concerns are growing as the rainy season, the slowest in 39 years, started last week. This is especially because it is judged that there is a high probability of torrential rains falling this year. Starting this year, it is said that a system that predicts the location, timing, and extent of damage from landslides 12 hours in advance is being tested. You can also minimize damage by knowing how to prepare for a landslide. You should familiarize yourself with the evacuation site in advance and continuously check the weather conditions through broadcasting or disaster text messages.

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