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.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information for South Korea?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

Popular places in South Korea

Select a city to see its average temperature, precipitation and hours of sunshine over the year.

Map not visible? Whoops sorry! Please refresh the page.

Show all places


Regions in South Korea