Cold weather expected for opening ceremony of Winter Olympics

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Gangneung (South Korea), Feb 7 (IANS) South Korea’s state weather agency on Wednesday said that it expects wind chill below minus 10 degrees Celsius at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games.

“Temperatures will range between minus 5 degrees and minus 2 degrees Celsius, which is on par or above what is normal for this time of year,” said the Korea Meteorological Administration. “Due to being on the edge of high pressure on the evening of Friday, there will be thick clouds across the region.”

The event will be hosted in the alpine town of PyeongChang, located 180 kilometers east of Seoul, on Friday, reports Yonhap news agency.

The agency said wind chill is expected to fall as low as minus 14 degrees Celsius at other mountainous areas in Gangwon Province.

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Due to the rising concern over weather conditions, event organizers installed wind shields at the pentagonal open PyeongChang Olympic Stadium to keep athletes and spectators warm.

–IANS

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