The state weather agency announced on Tuesday that the Korean Peninsula will experience a scorching heatwave starting this week as extremely hot weather fueled by steady high-pressure air masses can likely happen.
According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the seasonal monsoon period is about to conclude in Korea following some scattered rain showers across the peninsula in the day and a complete-scale hot temperature will arise.
Starting Wednesday, the KMA said that daytime highs will increase by up to 3 C to above 35 C in several areas in the nation. It noted that high humidity can cause sensible temperatures to rise by 1 C or even more.
Its forecast said that a so-called heat dome phenomenon might strike the country beginning this week. This, as the hot air powered North Pacific high pressure and Tibetan high pressure are predicted to cross over the peninsula.
It explained that a heat dome happens when high pressure stays in a location and serves as a pressure cooker cover to confine sweltering heat and continue temperature increase.
As temperatures are anticipated to increase more in the coming days, the KMA said more heatwave advisories and cautions will be released.
It said that locals in urban locations can also experience tropical night phenomena or temperatures not falling under 25 C in the nighttime.
“A scorching heat wave is to begin with the influx of the North Pacific high pressure. However, it is too early to tell whether extremely hot weather will unfold here as the Tibetan high pressure has yet to show any movement,” a an official from the agency said, as reported by Yonhap News Agency. “A sweltering heat wave will persist for the time being, but whether the heat dome phenomenon will actually occur remains to be seen due to variability linked to typhoons and other factors.”