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S. Korea pounded with 3 times more rain than on average

All Headlines 17:39 July 13, 2011

SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has had an exceptionally wet summer this year, with about three times the average amount of rain and a record number of rainy days, the national weather agency said Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, some 563 millimeters of rain had pounded the country since the start of the rainy season on June 22, which is 2.8 times the average in the same period from 1981 to 2010, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

In the capital of Seoul, the gap was even wider, with 665 mm of rain this year compared with an average of 185.8 mm in the last three decades. This year's volume was 3.6 times the average of the 30-year period.

By frequency, the country this year had 16.3 rainy days in the 21-day period up to Tuesday, compared with an average of only 10.1 rainy days during the same period from 1981 to 2010. Seoul recorded a similar ratio of 16 days this year to 9.7 days on average in the past 30 years.

The heavy rains have killed at least 15 people, but they are likely to continue until the end of this month due to low pressure and atmospheric instability, the KMA said.

In a one-month weather forecast released Wednesday, the weather agency said the amount of rain is expected to go beyond the yearly average of 51 to 135 mm.


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