Hot Dry Weather Defies Monsoon Forecasts

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Monsoon Season to Start Later Than Usual
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Monsoon Season to Start Later Than Usual

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".