How to check everyday weather in Korea

Weather in Korea is hard to be anticipated. There are many factors that you have to be updated with – temperature, humidity, fine dust index, precipitation, UV index, and etc. Having lived in Korea since 2014, it has been my daily routine to check up everyday weather as soon as I wake up. When I didn’t have my own smartphone, I had to look out the window or ask my parents about today’s weather. As I had started using my own smartphone, I opened not only my eyes, but the weather application on my smartphone (a little exaggeration right here). When I stayed in the States, I could have found out only the temperature or whether it rains or not; there had been not many things that I had to figure out when I go out. But in Korea, there are mores to worry or to care about. Besides temperature and precipitation, I had to look up for fine dust index (the most important in these days), UV index, and even humidity (trust me, you cannot endure Korea’s wetness more than a day without looking up humidity during summer). So, I want to explain you guys how to look up Korea’s weather quickly and efficiently.


  1. Smartphone app
    1. Maybe the best and most efficient way to look up for weather. You don’t have to download certain weather applications these days, but the application itself comes along with your phone when you buy a new one. When you click ‘weather tap’ on your main screen, you will be guided to select the locations or cities that you are willing to find about. Let’s say you choose Seoul, and you will see temperature (by weekly and hours), precipitation, humidity, UV index, fine dust index, ultra-fine dust index, sunset time, decomposition index, pollen index, and even food-poisoning index.
  2. Newspaper
    1. This is the way how my parents look up. They literally ‘read weather’ section on the newspaper. The advantage for looking up through newspaper is that you can see the weather of major cities in South Korea. so if you plan to travel to certain city, weather section on newspaper can be good option to consider.
  3. TV News
    1. About 3-5 minutes of clip in which the weather forecaster comes up and briefly summarizes the whole country’s weather. For South Korea, the forecaster tells about temperature, precipitation, UV index, and fine dust index of major cities. The bad things about it are that you have to be on time and to be in front of TV to watch the footage.