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Weather

The climate of Gwangju is somewhere in between a west coast climate and a continental climate (but more similar to a west coast climate), which means the city is warm and has sufficient rainfall rates. Gwangju weather cycles through three cold days and four warm days, due to the effects of a cold continental high pressure system from Mongolia in the winter. The region is very hot due to a North Pacific high pressure system during summer. Gwangju is affected by typhoons once or twice a year. The migratory anticyclones from China make the region dry and mostly clear during the spring and the winter. The median annual temperature in 2016 was 15℃, the median temperature in January is 0.9℃, 27.8℃ in August and the total annual rainfall is 1,482.3㎜.

Average monthly temperatures

(Unit: ℃)

Average Temperature Year Around
Year Yr. Avg. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Avg. 13.7 0.4 0.4 6.5 13.6 20.0 23.4 26.4 27.6 21.3 15.9 8.1 0.4
2013 Avg. 14.2 0.0 2.0 7.6 11.4 19.1 23.9 27.1 28.4 22.6 16.8 8.6 2.9
2014 Avg. 14.3 2.1 4.2 8.6 14.5 19.2 22.9 25.2 24.4 22.3 16.4 10.3 1.2
2015 Avg. 14.6 1.7 3.0 8.0 13.9 19.4 22.5 25.4 26.0 22.0 16.9 11.6 5.3
Highest 36.2 12.2 13.3 23.3 28.2 33.1 31.9 34.2 36.2 30.6 26.9 21.6 15.8
Lowest -8.7 -8.3 -8.7 -4.1 4.3 6.5 13.9 17.6 19.1 14.9 4.8 -0.2 -3.5
2016 Avg. 15.0 0.9 3.3 8.4 15.5 19.8 23.0 26.9 27.8 23.0 17.2 9.6 4.7
Highest 37.2 13.7 19.8 22.9 27.4 31.1 31.5 36 37.2 33 31.1 21.9 17.3
Lowest -11.7 -11.7 -5.9 -4.3 7.1 10 14.7 20.1 16.6 15.6 5.9 -0.5 -4.6

Source: Gwangju Regional Meteorological Office

Average monthly precipitation

(Unit: ㎜)

Average Precipitation Year Around
Year Yr. Avg. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 1,626.8 15.2 18.6 100.4 82.5 42.6 83.1 330.6 473.5 272.0 82.8 45.9 79.6
2013 1,245.4 20.6 48.0 76.9 54.9 86.5 83.7 349.1 293.2 88.5 30.8 95.0 18.2
2014 1,288.8 12.9 8.6 101.7 62.5 57.0 72.0 239.4 370.2 1165 105.0 95.5 47.5
2015 1100.1 47.2 23.9 36.5 145.5 48.6 146.6 164.3 148.9 66.6 90.9 121.9 59.2
2016 1482.3 49.7 45.2 55.2 185.0 104.5 116.1 301.3 81.0 251.2 216.7 31.5 44.9

Source: Gwangju Regional Meteorological Office