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The climate of South Korea: when to go to South Korea

The climate of South Korea is temperate monsoonal, during the summer months the prevailing winds are blowing from the south-east, while in winter the winds prevail from the north-west.

The winters are usually long, cold and dry, the month of January is the coldest month of the year with average minimum temperatures that go down a few degrees below zero, in Seoul will have average minimum temperatures of -6°C, while the average maximum temperature in January is only slightly higher than 1°C.

The summers are short, hot and very humid, the capital city of Seoul has maximum average summer temperatures around 29°C in July and August, while the summer average minimum temperatures averaged about 22°C.

The monsoon season begins in late June and ends in early September, the wettest months are July and August, during the monsoon period, the country is often hit by typhoons, on average between one and three typhoons a year cut down on South Korea, they are more frequent in the months of August and usually hit the southern coast of the country. The country receives, on average, between 1,200 mm and 1,500 mm of rain a year, two-thirds of the precipitation falling between July and September.

WHEN TO GO TO SOUTH KOREA

The best months for traveling to South Korea are spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October).

SOUTH KOREA CLIMATE: CLIMATIC TABLES

SEOUL (38 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days (snowy days)
January -5,9 1,5 20,8  6,5 (8,0)
February -3,4 4,7 25,0  5,8 (5,2)
March 1,6 10,4 47,2  7,4 (3,4)
April 7,8 17,8 64,5  7,8 (0,1)
May 13,2 23,0 105,9  9,0
June 18,2 27,1 133,2  9,9
July 21,9 28,6 394,7  16,3
August 22,4 29,6 364,2  14,6
September 17,2 25,8 169,3  9,1
October 10,3 19,8 51,8  6,3 (0,1)
November 3,2 11,6 52,5  8,7 (2,1)
December -3,2 4,3 21,5  7,4 (6,1)
YEAR 8,6 17,0 1450,5  108,8 (24,9)
BUSAN (71 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days (snowy days)
January -0,6 7,8 34,4  5,5 (1,7)
February 1,1 9,8 50,2  6,2 (1,4)
March 4,9 13,4 80,7  8,4 (0,8)
April 9,9 18,2 132,7  9,1
May 14,1 21,7 157,4  9,4
June 17,9 24,4 206,7  10,4
July 21,8 27,3 316,9  13,6
August 23,4 29,4 255,1  11,5
September 19,5 26,3 158,0  9,3
October 14,1 22,4 58,4  5,2
November 7,8 16,3 45,8  5,5 (0,2)
December 2,0 10,5 22,8  4,2 (1,1)
ANNO 11,3 18,9 1519,1  98,3 (5,2)
GANGNEUNG
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 9
February 8
March 8
April 11
May 14
June 18
July 22
August 24
September 22
October 19
November 15
December 12

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