On Jan. 11, the Jeju branch of the Korea Meteorological Association (KMA) announced that the first 10 days of the new year were 3 to 4 degrees Celsius lower than average. This is a record low since 1986.
Jeju’s mean maximum temperature was 4.4 degrees Celsius, 4.8 degrees lower than average and is a record low since observations began in 1924. The mean temperature was 3.3 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest since it hit 2.9 degrees in 1986.
The mountainous region in particular has sunk below its mean, mean maximum, and mean minimum temperatures to 3.4, 4.8, and 1.6 degrees Celsius respectively. These are the lowest mean and mean maximum temperatures since 1988 and the second lowest for the mean minimum temperature.
Seogwipo’s mean and mean maximum temperatures were recorded at 4.4 and 8.0 degrees Celsius, respectively. These are the 8th lowest for mean temperature and 6th lowest for mean maximum temperature since observation began in 1961.
“The temperature at the North Pole has continued to be about 10 degrees Celsius higher than average. This has caused the cold wind from the polar areas to flow through East Asia,” a KMA official said. “Jeju has mainly been affected by the continental anticyclone, which is causing its temperature to be unusually low.”
(By Kim Jae Bum, Jeju Ilbo. Translation by Chris J. Park)
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