Central region

(LEAD) Torrential downpours will soak central region through Thursday morning

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By Kim Han-joo

SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) — With the whole country in the midst of the annual monsoon season, heavy downpours of up to 150 millimeters, accompanied by strong winds, are expected to hit the central region between Wednesday and Thursday morning, according to find out the state says the weather agency.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said up to 100mm of monsoon rain is expected to flood the Seoul metropolitan area and almost all parts of the central region, including Gangwon province, through Thursday morning.

Rainfall can reach up to 150mm in some mountainous districts in the central region and northern capital region, the KMA said.

In addition, western parts of the capital region and northern parts of South Chungcheong Province will experience heavy downpours of 30mm per hour on Wednesday morning, the KMA said.

The KMA has issued a downpour warning for five islands in the Yellow Sea near the North Korean border.

Strong winds are expected between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning in the country’s central part region near the Yellow Sea, the KMA said.

Heavy rain alerts are also set to take effect for North Chungcheong, South Gyeongsang and North Gyeongsang and Busan, Daegu and Daejeon provinces later today or early Tuesday.

Most showers will have ceased by early Thursday, the KMA said.