As the temperature soars, South Korea elevates the heat alert to the maximum level.

As portions of the nation scorched in temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius, South Korea lifted the hot weather warning to its maximum level for the first time in four years, the interior and safety ministry announced on Wednesday, August 2.

According to local media citing firefighting authorities, the intense heat is thought to have killed 23 people nationwide, more than tripling the record of seven during the same period last year.

According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the official temperature on Tuesday was 38.4 degrees Celsius, recorded in Yeoju, a city south of Seoul.

For the first time since 2019, South Korea increased the heat warning level to the maximum in its four-tier system as of Tuesday evening.

When the apparent temperature is predicted to be 35 degrees Celsius or above in at least 40 percent of the 180 regions in the nation for three or more days, the highest “serious” alert is issued. It may also be issued in 10% of the country if the apparent temperature is predicted to be 38 degrees Celsius or above for three or more days.

According to the weather agency, Seoul’s capital is anticipated to have its highest daily temperature on Wednesday at 35 degrees Celsius.

According to the authorities, there will likely be high temperatures and unbearable humidity for the next few days, with an apparent temperature that will likely remain around 35 degrees Celsius in much of the nation.

On Tuesday, President Yoon Suk-yeol called on authorities to intensify their efforts in order to avert additional casualties, particularly for those who work outside, are elderly, or stay in improvised homes without proper air conditioning.

On Wednesday, construction workers organized a press conference near Yoon’s office and demanded tangible action.

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions stated in a statement that “heat deaths among construction workers are ‘expected deaths’ under the current conditions.”

According to specialists in the area, the increasing occurrence and severity of extreme weather is a sign of global climate change caused by human activity. Heatwaves are predicted to continue through August across a large portion of the planet.

North Korea is also fighting the relentless heatwave, with the highest daily temperatures expected to remain around 35 to 37 degrees Celsius by Thursday, state media reported.

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