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Siberian shivers in October


Elementary school students in winter coats hurry to school in Daejeon yesterday. A cold weather advisory was issued in most regions. By Kim Seong-tae

The harvest moon is in the sky, but temperatures on Earth feel like nothing less than the dead of winter.

The good news, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration, is that the cold snap should ease up on Friday.

The KMA said the morning temperature in Seoul hit 0.9 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) yesterday. It was the second-lowest temperature for October since Oct. 22, 2002, when the temperature dipped to minus 0.3 degrees Celsius.

A high-pressure system from Siberia is blamed for the frigid weather.

The first frost and ice were officially observed in Seoul, the central mountain regions and some inland areas. “It was the first time in seven years that ice has been spotted in October in Seoul since [Oct. 29,] 2003,” said the KMA spokesperson.

In addition, Ulleung Island had its first snow this year, seven days early than last year, and 18 days earlier than in an average year.

By Yoo Sun-young []

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