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An icy New Year

Dec 31,2018
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Ice climbers from across the country enjoy scaling an ice wall in the Pandae Ice Park in Wonju, Gangwon, on Sunday. A strong cold wave continued to grip Korea on Sunday, with temperatures in many parts of the country dropping below minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit). Many areas were under cold wave advisories or alerts, with the mercury in Seoul dropping to as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). Temperatures in Incheon, Chuncheon and Gangneung plunged to minus 8.9 degrees Celsius, minus 14.4 degrees Celsius and minus 6.3 degrees Celsius, respectively, as of 5 a.m., the KMA said. In the northeastern town of Cheorwon, near the inter-Korean border, the temperature tumbled to minus 20.3 degrees Celsius. The wind chill in the eastern mountainous region of Daegwallyeong dropped to minus 23 degrees Celsius at one point, according to a local weather report. A KMA official said the cold spell will continue into the early hours of New Year’s Day, with the temperatures staying below minus 10 degrees Celsius mostly in inland and in mountainous areas. Sunny and dry weather conditions continued across the country Sunday, with people being advised to be careful when handling fires. [NEWS1]