Climate and Average Weather in South Korea

South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are usually long, cold and dry. Summers are very short, hot, and humid. Spring and autumn are pleasant but also short in duration. Seoul's average maximum temperature in January is 2 degrees Celsius (35° Fahrenheit) and in July the maximum daytime temperature is about 29° C (83° Fahrenheit).

The country generally has enough rainfall, rarely it does less than 76 centimeters (29.9 inch) in any given year; for the most part, rainfall is over 100 centimeters (39.3 inches). Amounts of precipitation can however vary from year to year. Serious droughts occur about once every eight years. About two-thirds of the annual precipitation falls between June and September.

South Korea is less vulnerable to typhoons than neighboring countries. Only one to three typhoons can be expected per year. They usually pass over South Korea in late summer, especially in August and bring torrential rains.

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1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
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