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Prolonged and intense rainy season in Asia likely linked to global warming: Experts Updated: 2020-08-04 17:06:26 KST

This has already been one of South Korea's longest monsoons on record.
It's been 41 days so far in the central region, 38 days in the south, and nearly 50 for Jeju.
Experts say this prolonged period of heavy rain might be down to global warming.

"Global warming in the Arctic has caused cold air to stay in South Korea. When the northern pacific high pressure expands, it results in frequent heavy rain."

When global warming melts the ice and permafrost in the Arctic, the region gets even warmer, and scientists believe that pushes cold air currents down to Northeast Asia. The monsoonal front is generated when that cold air meets the warm northern pacific high pressure.
The flooding, however, is not only in South Korea.
In China, torrential rains have battered the southern and central regions.
Over two months of flooding have affected more than 50 million people.
Japan's monsoon has brought record amounts of rain to the island of Kyushu, where floods have killed more than 70 people.

Closer to home, South Korean officials say this year's rainy season is not typical, but could become the ‘new normal’ if the world’s climate continues to warm.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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