April 29, 2021 13:28 Korea’s summers are now 20 days longer and its winters 22 days shorter than 80 years ago, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration on Wednesday. The KMA based its analysis of climate change on available data from the periods between 1912 and 1940 and the last 30 years in Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Daegu, Gangneung and Mokpo. The yearly average temperature in the past 30 years was 13.7 degrees Celsius, which is 1.6 degrees higher than the average between 1912 and 1940. That means the temperature increase here has been twice as fast as the average 0.8-degree increase globally. “Global warming and the heat-island effect caused by rapid urbanization are the main contributing factors,” a KMA spokesman said. Between 1912 and 1940, summers lasted for an average of 98 days, but over the last 30 years they were on average 118 days long, and summer now starts on May 31 rather than June 11. The number of tropical nights when the mercury does not drop below 25 degrees increased by 8.4 days. Winters meanwhile shortened from 109 days to 87 days. Spring now starts sooner on March 1, compared to March 18. This year, cherry blossoms started… Read full this story
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