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World weather news, August 2018

A heat wave which has been plaguing the Korean Peninsula since the middle of July brought a national high temperature record to South Korea today. Temperatures soared to the highest recorded level since records began in 1907 as the mercury reached 40.7C in Hongcheon, located in the north-east. The previous record was 40.0C, set on 1 August 1942, in Daegu, according to the Korean Meteorological Administration. Since the start of the heat wave, at least 29 people have died from heatstroke and more than 2,300 others have been hospitalized with heat-related illnesses, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The tail end of yesterday's strong cold front ripped through much of Western Australia overnight and delivered damaging winds and widespread hail, as well as snow to one of the state's highest peaks. Homes and cars have been damaged across the state, with the State Emergency Service receiving almost 80 calls for help with 59 coming from the Perth metro area. Bluff Knoll, 350 kilometres south-east of Perth, attracted snow chasers this morning who were rewarded with a layer of crusty white on the side of the mountain. Bluff Knoll is one of the few places in the state where snow ever falls. Meanwhile wind gusts in excess of 100 km/h tore down trees and powerlines across the state, knocking out electricity to more than 9,000 properties at the peak of the storm. The towns of Lancelin, Port Denison, Dongara, Guilderton and Greenough in the northern part of the network were worst-affected.
Seoul reported its warmest night on record Wednesday and then again on Thursday. The temperature only fell to 30.4C Thursday night into Friday morning.

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Last updated 3 August 2018.

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