SEOUL, June 10 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea experienced the warmest-ever spring this year, as warm winds from inland China and a heat wave from Southeast Asia drove up temperatures, the weather agency said Friday.
The average temperature across the country during the March-May period stood at 13.5 C, 1.6 degrees higher than the average spring season temperature and the highest point since 1973, when the country’s weather observation networks were laid out nationwide, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Last year, South Korea also saw its average spring season temperature hit the then record high of 13.2 C, a level previously recorded once in 1998.
The weather agency attributed the unusually hot spring to warm northward winds fanned by high atmospheric pressure east of South Korea and warm air blown from China’s inland.
In April, in particular, the “monster” heat wave that engulfed Southeast Asia also drove up the temperature in South Korea, the weather agency said.