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SOUTH KOREA’S CLIMATE

The climate in Korea is temperate with four very distinct seasons. South Korea has a continental climate characterised by very cold, dry winters and very hot, humid summers. Spring and autumn are relatively short and temperatures are mild and generally quite pleasant making autumn and spring the most comfortable seasons to visit South Korea.

Winter begins in December and lasts until mid-March. In the Northern region around Seoul temperatures are harsh. For the winter months the temperature is almost always below 0C. December, January and February get a lot of snowfall. The main reason for the extreme winter in Korea is the Siberian Wind that blows from Siberia. In the south of Korea, Busan winters are mild with an average temperature of 5c.
 
Spring begins in late March / early April and continues until the beginning of June. Usually the temperature will stay between 5 and 10c until late April when the temperature begins to rise. Also in April the cherry blossoms are out in full bloom and many people will visit parks to have picnics and view the beauty of the cherry blossom trees.
 
Summer in Korea is hot, humid and rainy. June is quite nice with temperatures in the mid-twenties and lots of clear skies. However heading into July the rainy / typhoon period starts and it can rain for days straight on and off with lots of humidity and high temperatures. Humidity in July can reach 90%. The temperature for summer always stays above 20c and can reach into the 30′s.
 
Autumn is quite short and lasts from mid September to November. This is probably the best time to visit Korea. The temperatures are 15c +, it is quite dry and few rainy days. Sometimes, the Korean peninsula can feel the effects of the tail end of typhoons hitting nearby Japan and can cause high winds and heavy rain.


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