Severe Cold Wave Sweeps Across South Korea, Temperatures Plunge Below Zero

SEOUL - South Korea experienced a sharp drop in temperatures on Friday, as a cold wave brought sub-zero conditions to most regions of the country.

According to Yonhap News Agency, morning temperatures fell below the freezing point in several areas, with some regions witnessing a temperature drop of 15 degrees Celsius compared to the previous day. Seoul recorded a morning low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, while Incheon experienced minus 2.7 degrees Celsius. Other cities like Daejeon, Gwangju, and Busan reported temperatures of 0.1, 4.2, and 5.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Mount Seorak faced even harsher conditions, with a recorded temperature of minus 13.7 degrees Celsius at 7:27 a.m., and an apparent temperature falling to below minus 23.3 degrees Celsius.

Daytime highs are expected to range from zero to 9 degrees Celsius across the country, with the apparent temperature feeling lower due to strong winds. The administration has also warned of gales with instantaneous wind speeds exceeding 55 kilometers per hour in most regions.

Additionally, there are fire risk warnings for Yeongdong County in North Chungcheong Province and the east coast, along with the northeast mountain areas in North Gyeongsang Province, due to dry conditions. Light rain or snow is anticipated in South Chungcheong Province and the southern provinces, including Gwangju, with the weather expected to persist until the afternoon on Jeju Island.

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