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(LEAD) Seoul logs highest-ever temperature of 38.8 C

All Headlines 14:35 August 01, 2018

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SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- Seoul logged its highest-ever temperature of 38.8 C on Wednesday as a sweltering heat wave continued to grip wide areas of South Korea, weather authorities said.

The mercury hit the record high at an observatory in the South Korean capital at 1:41 p.m., marking the highest level since 1907, when the country began to compile the data, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said.

Seoul recorded a previous record high temperature of 38.4 C on July 24, 1994, while temperatures of 38.3 C on Tuesday, and 38.2 C on both Aug. 24, 1943, and July 23, 1994. were also recorded in the capital.

The country has been hit by a long-running heat wave nationwide following a rainy season, with a lack of rainfall coupled with high atmospheric pressure from Tibet attributing to the heat wave.

Another factor is easterly winds that blow from the Taebaek Mountains in South Korea's eastern area. Warm air flowing down from the mountains pushed up temperatures in Seoul. This condition is known as a dry foehn.

Tourists stand in a shadow created by an ancient gate in Suwon, south of Seoul, on Aug. 1, 2018, to find relief from the hot sun amid a record heat wave sweeping across South Korea. (Yonhap)

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