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".

Yoo Jae Suk Secretly Makes Generous Donations To Monsoon Victims
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Yoo Jae Suk Secretly Makes Generous Donations To Monsoon Victims

Yoo Jae Suk is one of the most generous people in the Korean entertainment industry. On July 21, a source from the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief, a non-governmental organization, released a statement that said, Yoo Jae Suk recently donated 50 million won (approximately $44,695) to victims who had lost their homes and properties due to the heavy rainfall in Korea on July 16 and 17.

The source also commented, He originally did not want anyone to find out about his generous donation, but the word got out in the process of our organization raising money to support the natural disaster victims. We are desperately trying to raise funds to help the victims, so we are very grateful to Yoo Jae Suk. Furthermore, Yoo Jae Suks agency, FNC Entertainment, also released a statement on July 21 stating that they, too, were completely unaware of his donations.

Caution Advised in Scorching Post-Monsoon Heat
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Caution Advised in Scorching Post-Monsoon Heat

The public has been reminded to use caution as temperatures rise dramatically in early and mid-August. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday there is usually a spike in heat-related illnesses in the first half of August and advised taking extra care.

Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heat stroke and exhaustion. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue, and the conditions can be fatal.

According to the KCDC, heat-related ailments were reported most in the first and second weeks of August, accounting for 39.5 percent of all 5,910 cases from 2012 to 2016. From May 29 to Aug. 1 this year, 919 cases were reported, with five resulting in deaths. This was up about 7 percent from the same period last year, which saw the highest number of patients over the last five years.