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Current Korea Weather Conditions

Korea has four seasons, with a wet monsoon/summer in the middle of the year, and a
cold winter from November to March. The island of Jeju off the southern coast is the
warmest and wettest place in the country. The ideal time to visit Korea is during the
autumn months (September-November). During this time, the country experiences
warm, sunny weather, skies that are cobalt blue and spectacular foliage that is perhaps
the biggest draw. Winters are cold and dry and are a good time to visit if you are
interested in winter sports as there are numerous ski resorts. Spring (April-May) is also
beautiful with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. However, it is very busy and one needs
to book in advance to ensure accommodation is available. The summer months are
muggy and hot, and rather crowded. It is also when the monsoon begins so many
activities are subject to the fluctuations of heavy rain.

Average Temperatures and Rainfall


City

Seoul

Busan

Daegu

Month

Jan.

-2.5

27.5

62.6

21.6

37.4

51

37.8

0.2

32.36 58.5

21.6

Feb.

-0.3 31.46

61

23.6

4.3

39.74 53.6

44.9

2.1

35.78 57.3

27.1

Mar.

5.2

45.8

8.3

32.54 59.1

85.7

7.1

44.78 57.9

51.6

13.4 56.12 64.6 136.3 13.8 56.84 56.8

75.2

41.36 61.2

Apr.

12.1 53.78 59.3

May

17.4 63.32 64.1 102.2 17.4 63.32 69.6 154.1 18.7 65.66

Jun.

21.9 71.42

Jul.

24.9 76.82 79.8 327.9 24.2 75.56 84.8 258.8 25.7 78.26 74.3 206.7

Aug.

25.4 77.72 77.4

Sep.

20.8 69.44

Oct.

14.4 57.92 66.2

71

71

77

133.3 20.5

348

79.3 222.5 22.5

167

21.3 70.34

49.3

17.3 63.14 65.2

62

11.3 52.34 59.5

60.1

8.6

24.3

2.5

6.9

44.42 64.6

53

Dec.

0.2

32.36 63.8

24.9

5.6

Gwangju

42.08 52.9

Jan.

0.5

32.9

70.5

38

-1.9 28.58 68.9

74

205.8

72

129.6

47.48 63.8
36.5

75.3

67.6 140.7

15.4 59.72 66.5

Daejeon

Month

72.5

25.7 78.26 80.8 238.1 26.1 78.98

137.6 22.1 71.78 74.3

Nov.

City

68.9

60

60.5

42
37.1
15.2

Jeju (Seogwipo)
R

29.5

6.6

43.88 64.8

R
59.4

Feb.

1.9

Mar.

6.5

35.42 68.9

43.9

0.2

32.36

66.2

64.5

5.4

41.72 63.8

60.5

10.1 50.18 64.6 125.6

Apr.

12.9 55.22 65.2

95.3

12.4 54.32 61.6

87.2

14.4 57.92 67.8 172.2

May

17.8 64.04 68.4

97.3

17.6 63.68 65.8

97

18.1 64.58 71.3 215.4

43.7

7.1

44.78 64.2

71.6

75.1 190.3

Jul.

25.5

77.9

80.6 281.9 25.3 77.54 80.1 292.2 25.3 77.54 85.1 306.3

Aug.

26.1 78.98

Sep.

21.4 70.52 75.8 137.7 20.3 68.54 77.6 141.5 23.4 74.12 73.6 170.2

Oct.

15.4 59.72

71

55.3

25.5

77.9

73.2 174.3 21.3 70.34

80

80.6

22

276

71.6

36.4

Jun.

79

22

66

279.3

79.8 296.5 26.6 79.88 80.4 257.6

13.8 56.84 73.7

56.9

18.8 65.84 66.8

72.7

13.7 56.66 65.6

68.4

Nov.

8.7

47.66 71.6

55.4

6.8

44.24 73.4

51.7

Dec.

2.8

37.04 71.7

32.4

0.7

33.26 71.8

30.1

8.9

48.02 64.6

43.1

Note: C- Centigrade, F- Fahrenheit, H- Humidity (%), R-Rainfall (mm). This is the mean
value from 1971 to 2000.

Four Distinct Seasons


Korea's climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and
a monsoonal climate from a precipitation standpoint. The climate of Korea is
characterized by four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Spring

Spring lasts from late March to May and is warm. Various flowers, including the
picturesque cherry blossom, cover the nation's mountains and fields during this time.

Summer

Summer lasts from June to early September. It is a hot and humid time of the year.

Autumn

Autumn lasts from September to November, and produces mild weather. It is the best season for
visiting Korea.

Winter

Winter lasts from December to mid-March. It can be bitterly cold during this time due to the influx of
cold Siberian air. Heavy snow in the northern and eastern parts of Korea makes for favorable skiing
conditions.