The summer’s first monsoon rains will fall in Jeju on Saturday, the Korea Meteorological Administration said on Thursday.
This is four to five days later than normal. For the past 30 years, seasonal rainfall has started on the southern resort island on or around June 19-20.
“The seasonal rain front is blocked from moving north by the North Pacific anticyclone, which is expanding to the east and west due to cold air in the upper atmosphere over the Korean Peninsula”, a KMA official said. “This will likely delay this year’s rainy season in the southern and central regions as well”.
The rainy season typically begins in the southern region on June 23 and in the central region around June 24-25.
This season the country is expected to see a nationwide average of 349-399 mm of rain, about the same level as in previous years.
“There’s a possibility that the precipitation in late June will be lower than in previous years, but the total for the rainy season will be close to the average, as we are expected to have a decent amount of rain in July”, the KMA official added.