East Sea areas get cold, frost in June
The mercury dipped to minus 1.7 degrees Celsius (29 degrees Fahrenheit) yesterday morning in the Daegwallyeong region in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon, the lowest temperature in June since record-taking began in the region in 1971, the Korea Meteorological Administration said.
Such bizarre weather isn’t entirely new, the weather agency said. Water froze in the Daegwalleyong area on June 11, 1989 and frost formed on June 1, 1978.
“An air mass from the north of the Korean Peninsula descended south and blocked warm air from coming in,” Jeong Jun-seok, an official with the KMA, said. “Areas surrounding the East Sea are experiencing severely low temperatures.”
The cold wave began at the end of last month. According to the state-run agency’s statistics, the average temperature of the East Sea regions was 15.4 degrees, 2.8 degrees lower than the average for this time of year.
Meanwhile, the KMA was criticized for not properly checking past weather records and announcing mistakenly that this was the first time the area in Gangwon had snow in June since data collection began in 1971.
By Kim Sung-tak [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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