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S. Korea experiences warmest weather last year

All Headlines 16:09 January 02, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's average temperature hit a record high last year due to climate change, which has also caused the world to see the highest-ever annual average temperatures, the weather agency said Monday.

The median temperature was 13.6 C between January and November, 1.1 degrees higher than usual, the Korea Meteorological Administration said. The figure was the highest since 1973, when the country completed the establishment of 45 weather observation centers nationwide, the agency said.

The annual average high came to 18.9 C, up 0.8 degree from the average and third highest ever, and the average low was 9 C, up 1.3 degrees from the average and the highest low temp ever, according to the agency.

Most of the country, except for Gangwon Province, experienced higher temperatures than the preceding years, with the central and southeastern regions, in particular, undergoing a big rise, the agency said.

A heat wave warning was issued even in May because of the influx of warm air from the southwest and strong sun radiation.

High pressure in the North Pacific and China brought tropical nights to the country almost every day between July and August.

The annual average precipitation stood at 1,272.5 millimeters, about 97 percent of that in previous years, the agency said.

Seoulites seek reprieve from hot summer nights at a Han River park in Seoul in this photo taken on Aug. 4, 2016. The daytime temperature in the capital city hit 35.7 C, the highest last year. (Yonhap)

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