Freezing temperatures hit South Korea this week.
On Wednesday morning, Seoul saw them drop down to minus 16 degrees Celsius, the lowest it's been so far this winter. Coupled with icy winds, the 'feels like' temperature is estimated to be minus 23 degrees. It won't get much warmer in the afternoon, with highs expected to be around minus 10 degrees.
A cold wave warning has been issued in the capital as well as parts of Gyeonggi-do, Gangwon-do, and Chungcheong-do Provinces. This warning is issued when the morning lows dip at least 15 degrees from the previous day to under 3 degrees, and when they're three degrees below the annual average. It can also be issued when morning lows stay below minus 15 for two consecutive days.
"The current temperatures are attributed to the cold air from the north of Mongolia with temperatures down to minus 30. This air is blowing into the Korean peninsula."
The expert adds that the cold air from the north travels down sporadically and Seoul also saw similar temperatures in 2016.
"It's not that there's a unique reason for the cold this year. It's a part of the cycle of cold wind coming down from the north."
Temperatures may continue to be low for the time being, at least until February, but experts forecast that the current conditions may be the coldest it'll get this winter.
Lee Jeong-yeon Arirang News.