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In Seoul, the capital of Korea, located in the northwest of the country, a short distance from the coast of the Yellow Sea, the climate is continental
, with cold but sunny winters, and hot, sultry and rainy summers. Like the rest of Korea the city is affected by the monsoon circulation
: in winter the northwest cold currents will prevail, while in summer they will be replaced by the hot and humid currents of tropical origin. Spring and autumn are transitional periods, mild and pleasant, especially the month of October.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Seoul
the average temperature is a few degrees below freezing (0 °C or 32 °F); sunshine is quite common, and a cold wind blows from the Asian continent. On colder periods, the temperature remains below freezing during the day; in the worst moments the temperature can drop to -20 °C (-4 °F).
Although winter is a dry season, sometimes it can snow.
In winter and especially in spring (March to May, which is called yellow dust season
) the city can be reached by yellow dust
in Korean), coming from the desert of Mongolia and China (but in truth there is also a contribution given by local pollution), which forms a characteristic haze and brings breathing problems and eye irritation.
Spring is mild, but the rains increase gradually. The rainiest season, however, is summer, because the summer monsoon: from June to August, more than 800 millimetres (31.5 inches) of rain fall. The rains can sometimes be torrential. The worst month, the wettest and least sunny, is generally July. In summer there can also be periods of good weather, in which it can be very hot, with highs about 35 °C (95 °F) and more.
In Autumn, rainfall decreases, and by October the rains are quite rare. Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Seoul
In August, September and early October (more rarely in July), Seoul can be affected by typhoons
, tropical cyclones of South-East Asia, although this area of Korea is less exposed than the southern coast.
The amount of sunshine
in Seoul is decent in winter, and also in spring and autumn (although lower than in the southern part of the country, as in Busan), and reaches its minimum in July, when cloudy skies prevail (the sunshine amount goes down to 27%), because of the summer monsoon.
Near Seoul, the sea
is very cold in winter, but it warms up a lot in summer, reaching 24 °C (75 °F) in August.
Sea temperature - Incheon