Climate and Average Weather Year Round in South Korea

We show the climate in South Korea by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju.

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Average High and Low Temperature in South Korea

Average High and Low Temperature in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F7521853444248840NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground.
HighJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 34°F40°F50°F63°F73°F79°F83°F84°F77°F66°F52°F39°F
Busan 45°F48°F55°F63°F70°F75°F81°F84°F78°F71°F60°F49°F
Gwangju 40°F45°F55°F66°F76°F82°F86°F87°F80°F70°F57°F45°F
LowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 22°F27°F37°F48°F57°F66°F72°F73°F63°F51°F38°F26°F
Busan 33°F36°F43°F52°F60°F66°F73°F75°F68°F59°F48°F37°F
Gwangju 24°F27°F35°F45°F55°F65°F72°F72°F62°F49°F37°F27°F

Seoul

Average Hourly Temperature in SeoulJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolwarmfreezingcomfortablevery coldfreezing

Busan

Average Hourly Temperature in BusanJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmvery coldcomfortablevery cold

Gwangju

Average Hourly Temperature in GwangjuJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolwarmhotvery coldwarmfreezingfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in South Korea

Chance of Clearer Skies in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%71457534NowNowSeoulSeoulGwangjuGwangju
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 66%63%57%54%55%52%47%52%60%69%67%67%
Busan 69%62%54%52%50%41%40%48%56%69%71%74%
Gwangju 53%54%51%50%51%44%41%49%57%68%65%60%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in South Korea

Daily Chance of Precipitation in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%5394989NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 3.1d3.1d4.9d6.3d7.1d9.2d15.9d14.1d8.3d5.4d5.2d3.5d
Busan 3.4d4.6d6.6d7.8d7.9d10.6d13.6d12.8d8.7d5.0d4.3d3.0d
Gwangju 3.4d4.2d5.9d6.9d7.5d10.1d14.8d13.9d8.1d4.9d5.2d3.7d

Average Monthly Rainfall in South Korea

Average Monthly Rainfall in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in11.60.510.40.9SeoulSeoulBusanBusan
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
RainfallJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 0.5″0.9″1.5″2.5″3.3″5.2″11.6″9.7″5.6″2.1″1.5″0.7″
Busan 1.0″1.9″3.1″4.6″5.1″7.4″9.8″8.4″6.2″2.6″1.8″1.0″
Gwangju 0.8″1.5″2.5″3.5″3.9″6.7″10.2″8.8″5.7″2.1″1.8″0.9″

Average Monthly Snowfall in South Korea

Average Monthly Snowfall in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.2 in0.2 in0.4 in0.4 in0.6 in0.6 in0.8 in0.8 in1.0 in1.0 in1.2 in1.2 in1.4 in1.4 in1.20.11.3NowNowSeoulSeoulGwangjuGwangju
The average snowfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
SnowfallJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 1.1″0.9″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″0.8″
Busan 0.1″0.1″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″
Gwangju 1.3″0.8″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.2″0.9″

Hours of Daylight in South Korea

Hours of Daylight in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr14.89.6NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
DaylightJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 9.9h10.8h12.0h13.2h14.2h14.7h14.4h13.5h12.4h11.2h10.1h9.6h
Busan 10.1h10.9h12.0h13.1h14.0h14.5h14.2h13.4h12.4h11.3h10.3h9.8h
Gwangju 10.1h10.9h12.0h13.1h14.0h14.5h14.2h13.4h12.4h11.3h10.3h9.8h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in South Korea

Chance of Muggy Conditions in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%9196NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.3d7.6d25.2d24.0d6.2d0.2d0.0d0.0d
Busan 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.8d9.9d26.3d27.1d11.7d1.3d0.0d0.0d
Gwangju 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d1.6d12.6d28.1d27.9d11.7d1.0d0.0d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in South Korea

Average Wind Speed in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph9.46.813.69.09.66.7NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 9.19.39.18.88.06.97.77.47.37.88.69.0
Busan 13.513.012.311.39.99.410.210.411.311.211.913.1
Gwangju 9.49.49.18.77.96.97.67.06.87.38.29.0

Average Water Temperature in South Korea

Average Water Temperature in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F7639795549NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusan
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 42°F39°F41°F47°F55°F64°F71°F76°F73°F66°F57°F48°F
Busan 58°F56°F56°F58°F62°F68°F74°F78°F76°F71°F66°F61°F
Gwangju 52°F49°F50°F53°F59°F67°F73°F77°F74°F68°F61°F55°F

Tourism Score in South Korea

Tourism Score in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.97.20.16.5NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in South Korea

Beach/Pool Score in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.1NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in South Korea

Growing Season in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in South Korea

Growing Degree Days in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°FNowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in South Korea

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in South KoreaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh6.52.32.7NowNowSeoulSeoulBusanBusanGwangjuGwangju
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Seoul 2.63.54.65.66.36.35.85.44.83.92.82.3
Busan 3.03.74.75.76.36.15.85.54.84.13.22.8
Gwangju 2.63.54.75.76.36.15.85.64.94.23.02.4

This report illustrates the typical weather for Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

The details of the data sources used on this page vary between places and are discussed in detail on each place's dedicated page:

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