Scorching days and 'tropical nights' continue
North Pacific high pressure system keeping temperatures up
The heat wave continued Thursday, with Gapa Island getting as high as 33.6 degrees Celsius.
Elsewhere on the island, high temperatures hit 31.3 degrees in Seogwipo and 30.3 degrees in Seongsan.
A North Pacific high pressure system is keeping clouds at bay and leaving the island exposed to ultraviolet rays.
Local weather authorities say there's no end in sight for the sizzling days and tropical nights, which are defined as those in which the temperature does not drop below 25 degrees. Afternoon highs on Friday are again expected to surpass 30 degrees.
Back-to-back days of record power demand
Korea Power Exchange urging islanders to use electricity judiciously
In related news, with daytime temperatures hovering above 30 degrees, electrical demand has surged to its highest point on two consecutive days.
The Jeju office of the Korea Power Exchange reports that the daily total for Tuesday was 621,000 kilowatts, and that that had been the most since the summer began. But by 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, already 620,000 kilowatts had been used on the island.
The agency says it has a 29.1 percent reserve margin, meaning there will be no trouble in supplying power. Officials did, however, urge the public to refrain from using electricity for unnecessary purposes as they expect demand to rise sharply with the scorching temperatures.
1.45m tourists expected this summer
Projection based on flight and ship reservations
Officials expect the island to host one-point-four-five million vacationers this summer.
The provincial government and the Jeju Tourism Information Center made the projection based on a review of flight and ship reservations between July 20th and the end of August.
That would be 14 percent more than last summer, when roughly 1,247,000 people came to the island during the same period.
Officials say many of the arrivals will be either people traveling on their own, not in a group, who tend to spend a lot while here, or Chinese tourists on cruise ships.
Ninety-five percent of rooms at hotels, private lodges, and other accommodations are booked for the rest of the season, while an average of 90 percent of flight tickets are reserved on each of the 13 domestic routes that service Jeju.
The peak summer vacation season is just around the corner, and if you have little ones to entertain, you may be interested in this report. Here's Dean Brown to tell us about a new program in which kids make cheese and ice cream using local milk.
These little customers are visiting this milk processing plant in Hallim-eup.
They are making cheese with fresh milk.
Pour some hot water onto a chunk of cheese, stretch the cheese with your hands, and then you have string cheese!
They have seen melted cheese before when eating pizza, but this is their first time stretching cheese they made themselves.
It has no preservatives or additives, making for a pure Jeju cheese.
But what does it taste like on pizza?
< Interview : Lee Eun-hee >
Now, it's time to make ice-cream.
The ingredients are simply milk, ice cubes and salt.
Put all these ingredients into a bowl, and then go play with your friends. A few minutes later, as if by magic, we have ice-cream.
By listening to the explanations, looking at fresh produce, and touching and eating the food themselves, children can immerse themselves in rural life, and become aware of the importance of domestic agricultural products.
< Interview : Kang Min-a >
It has been a month since this hands-on program using Jeju dairy products began.
It has gained popularity from not only from local residents, but also tourists. Weekend programs are fully booked until the beginning of August.
< Interview : Kim Young-hwan >
This hands-on program offers a great opportunity to learn about the importance of agriculture. A visit here is certainly a positive choice to make this summer.
Dean Brown, KCTV.
Turning to Arirang now, all eyes will be on the athletes during the two weeks of events at venues around London, but for those wondering how to occupy themselves when not taking in the Olympic Games, there are plenty of art galleries open to the public. Here's Arirang's Yoo Ji-hae with an introduction to a unique exhibition there.
(Stand-up) Yoo Ji-hae
"The Saatchi Gallery in London is one of the world's most visited contemporary art galleries with more than 1-point-2 million visitors a year. But during the London Olympics... the venue will be a home for Korean arts. It'll be the first time,... that the gallery will curate a full-scale exhibition with works outside its collection."
Titled the "Korean Eye 2012"... the exhibition will showcase the largest collection of new Korean art to date... featuring 100 art works by 33 artists. Oraganizers say,... the exhibition will provide art enthusiasts a chance to experience the strong visceral and visionary art of Korea.
[Interview] David Ciclitira / Founder & chairman, 'Korean Eye'
"What you are seeing in this exhibition is a massive diversity of work, everything is different. This piece here, as you can see is alluminum... It isn't photograph, it isn't paint. And behind you, more different works. Upstairs, you got video installations. It's a really exciting show."
Kim Dong-yoon,... is one of the carefully chosen artists from over 2-thousand applicants... who is well-known for his way of stacking and integrating images.
The award-winning 33-year-old says... the "Korean Eye" will serve as a great opportunity to promote the lesser-known Korean arts in London's contemporary art scene.
[Interview] Kim Dong-yoon / Contemporary artist
"I think this is a great opportunity to define the characteristics of Korean art to the people. And it means a great deal to me to display my work at such an influential gallery, because this could draw more attention from not only art enthusiasts but the general public."
[ Camera ] Lee Soo-bok
And with spectators already showing signs of hunger for fresh cultural and artistic influences...
[Interview] Eleanor Macfarlane / Moving image artist
"So glad to see this. That piece there as well is quite perculiar."
... the 10-week exhibition is expected to be a hit.
[Interview] Lee Charm / CEO, Korea Tourism Organization
"From the early reactions of the preliminary showing in the last 2 days, we can see there is a huge interest, so my guess is at least 500-thousand people will come to see the show."
['Korean Eye 2012' at Saatchi Gallery
Through Sept. 23, free admission]
On the sidelines of the Korean Eye 2012,... visitors will be able to appreciate Korea's contemporary fashion, films, music and food.
The exhibition will run through September 23rd.
Yoo Ji-hae, Arirang News, London.
Staying with Arirang for one more story and a look at how the heat wave is affecting the rest of the country. The sizzling temperatures prompted Seoul to issue its first heat wave advisory of the summer. Forecasters expect the sultry weather to stick around for at least the next few weeks. Arirang's (허승하) Heo Seung-ha has more.
"With the country experiencing scorching hot temperatures of over 30 degrees,
a heat wave advisory was issued in Seoul on Wednesday for the first time this summer."
At the peak of the day, the temperature was 32 degrees Celsius.
[Heat wave advisory issued in Seoul ]
The Korea Meteorological Administration issues an advisory when it forecasts that daytime highs will stay above 33 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days in the June-September period.
Heat wave warnings have also been issued in other parts of the nation, with the southeastern city of Daegu hitting 35 degrees this afternoon.
[Interview] Lee Kwan / Visitor from Gwangju
"It's too hot. I feel like I'm going to suffer from heatstroke."
['Tropical night' phenomenon continues ]
Last night, Seoul also suffered from its second consecutive "tropical night," a phenomenon that occurs when the night time lows stay above 25 degrees Celsius.
Residents in other parts of the country have also been experiencing similar situations over the past few days.
[Interview] Hur Jin-ho / Forecaster, Korea Meteorological Administration
"The heat wave and tropical nights are expected to continue until early August, as high atmospheric pressure from the North Pacific continues to affect the country."
With the mercury rising steadily across the nation, energy consumption surged as people turned their air conditioners on to keep cool.
The demand for electricity hit a record high over the past two days, peaking at over 70 megawatts each day.
Meanwhile, the sweltering heat has had serious consequences for people's health.
Over 100 people have reportedly been treated for heatstroke, and three of them have died this month alone.
[Camera] Kim Jin-hyub
To guard against the effects of the heat, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised people to stay indoors in the afternoon, get enough rest, and drink a lot of water.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.
Orchids being moved higher to avoid heat
100,000 being grown for export will be transported to Halla Mountain
One hundred thousand orchids being grown locally for export are being transported to higher ground up on Halla Mountain to help them avoid the heat.
Jeju Agricultural Research and Extension Services is moving them to a high elevation cold treatment facility at (거린사슴) Geolin Saeseum over concerns that the heat could degrade the quality of the flowers.
They are Cymbidium orchids, and their weakness is heat - if they are exposed to too much, in addition to deteriorating quality, they will also bloom later than normal.
If, however, they are grown at moderate temperatures from July, for instance at an elevation of 600 meters on Halla Mountain, the plants' stalks grow faster. Among the benefits of that are vivid flower colors and the ability of the agency to ship the plants relatively early.
Fewer rainy days and less precipitation
18 days of rain dumped 282.8 millimeters
This year's rainy season was up to two days shorter than average, and it brought with it nearly 120 millimeters less rain than it usually does.
The Jeju Regional Meteorological Administration says it began a day or so earlier than normal on June 18th but then finished July 17th, a full two days before it usually does.
During that time, there were 18 days of rain, which is about normal, but only 282.8 millimeters fell. The average is 398.6 millimeters.
The weather agency blamed the shorter and drier rainy season on tropical storm (카눈) Khanun, which ushered in the end of it when it passed the island on its northward track.
Kim Sun-woo confirmed at council
New 'vice-governor of the environment and economy'
The nominee to be Jeju's vice-governor of the environment and economy has passed a confirmation hearing at the provincial council.
At the third meeting of a special nomination screening committee Wednesday, attendees concluded that any issues pertaining to (김선우) Kim Sun-woo's appointment were not significant enough to keep him from serving as vice governor.
Committee members found him to be a qualified candidate who is devoted to the development of the island and local affairs as it develops into an international province.
The committee, however, is concerned by Kim's legal background and lack of experience in administrative work. Councilors worry both issues could affect his flexibility as vice governor.
▶ The Pyoseon Beach White Sand Festival begins Saturday and will include fun activities for the whole family.
Title - Pyoseon Beach White Sand Festival
Details - Soccer, treasure hunt, etc.
Date - July 28 - 29
Location - Pyoseon Beach in Seogwipo
▶ Jeju National Museum is sponsoring a jazz concert Saturday.
Title - 'Summer Night Concert'
Details - Jazz musicians
Date- July 28
Location - Jeju National Museum
▶The modern rock group (델리스파이스) 'Deli Spice' is performing Saturday at Seolmundae Women's Cultural Center.
Title - Concert: Deli Spice
Details - Modern Rock
Date - July 28 at 6 PM
Location - Seolmundae Women's Cultural Center
▶ The Jeju Korean Art Association is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a display of members' works through the end of the month.
Title - 21st Anniversary Display
Details - Jeju Korean Art Association
Date - Through July 31
Location - Yeon Gallery
▶ Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift in the fourth installment of the "Ice Age" series.
Title - Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Genre - Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Age - All
Theater - CGV