Cold Snap to Lose Its Bite

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Cold Snap to Lose Its Bite

The central part of the Korean Peninsula including Seoul and Suwon had its first ice on Monday but officials said that the weather was likely to turn warmer on Tuesday.

"The morning temperature in Seoul dropped drastically this morning to 3.5 degrees Celsius, which is 2 to 5 degrees lower than average over the years," an official of the Korean Meterological Association said Monday.

"The ground surface temperature went below zero in some places, resulting in ice," he added.

The drop was influenced by a cold continental high pressure area, which has moved toward the central part of the peninsula from the northwest.

The temperature on Monday dropped 3.6 degrees below zero in Cholwon, 2.8 degrees below in Jechon, 2.6 degrees below in Taekwallyong and 0.7 degrees below in Suwon during the morning.

Kanghwa recorded temperatures of 1.2 degrees and Wonju and Choongju 0.2 degrees.

Temperatures in the entire peninsula will fall below zero about mid-November, officials said.

by Yoon Chang-hee

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