SEOUL, Jul. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Sweltering heat pushed Seoul’s temperature to the second-highest level on record on Tuesday, with the mercury forecast to rise further, weather authorities said.
South Korea’s capital city recorded a temperature of 38.3 degrees Celsius at 3:19 p.m., the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.
It marks the second highest temperature after the country recorded 38.4 degrees Celsius on July 24, 1994, since the government began to compile the data in 1907.
Temperatures exceeding 38 Celsius have only been recorded on July 23, 1994, Aug. 24 of 1943 and Aug 10 in 1939.
Weather authorities said the temperature might break the record again over the next couple of days as the mercury is expected to rise further.
Seoul could reach an all-time high of 39 degrees Celsius, it said.
Across the country, the mercury in Hongcheon and Yeongwol, counties in Gangwon Province on the eastern coast, recorded the highest of 38.5 degrees Celsius.
A county in North Gyeongsang Province recorded 38 degrees, followed by 37.5 degrees in Suwon, just east of Seoul, and Jecheon in the central North Chungcheong Province.
Key regional cities recorded temperatures in the range of 31 degrees and 37 degrees Celsius. Daejeon recorded 37.2 degrees, followed by Gwangju at 37 degrees and Incheon at 35.2 degrees Celsius.