Yin it’s boiling, yang it’s raining

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Yin it’s boiling, yang it’s raining

The weather seems to be in two minds lately. As people in the central regions carry umbrellas and wear rain boots, people in the southern regions suffer from heatstroke.

The temperature in Daegu on Wednesday reached a sweltering 35.9 degrees Celsius (96.6 Fahrenheit).

At 5:25 p.m., a 46-year-old man surnamed Han was found dead at a construction site in Dalseong, Daegu. The Dalseong police said the cause of death was heatstroke.

Earlier, around 11 a.m., a 45-year-old farmer named Lee in Chilgok and a 55-year-old woman surnamed Bae in Euiseong, both in North Gyeongsang, collapsed while working.

They were treated after being sent to a nearby hospital. The hospitals said the patients were affected by heatstroke as well.

The high in Chilgok and Euiseong that day was 33.9 and 34.4 respectively.

The hottest city was Pohang at 36.1.

A poultry farm lost 3,700 chickens due to the heat on Monday, according to the Euiseong-gun office.

A heat wave warning has been issued in Daegu and other North Gyeongsang regions since Monday.

Due to the circumstances, 47 elementary, middle and high schools in Daegu and 17 other North Gyeongsang schools shortened their class hours and some are considering temporarily closing their schools. Twenty-three local governments in North Gyeongsang are operating heat response and recovery centers.

In the central regions, the summer monsoon has continued since July 7. An average of 200 millimeters of rain (7.87) was measured at Dongduchen in northern Gyeonggi and Cheorwon in Gangwon.

The Meteorological Administration said yesterday that Seoul, Gyeonggi and Gangwon would see around 30 millimeters of rain along with lightning and thunder starting last night to this afternoon.

“It’s because the North Pacific anticyclone that generally affects the summer weather of the Korea Peninsula,” said Kim Seong-muk, an official at the state-run weather agency. “It has expanded in the southern regions of the country, bringing hot and humid weather to the area.”

BY KANG CHAN-SOO, KIM YOON-HO [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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