In Seoul, South Korea, particulate matters (PMs) significantly decreased for the period 2005–2015 in concert with the implementation of air pollution reduction policies. This study reveals that PM with a diameter smaller than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) has a slower decreasing tendency than PM in the 2.5–10 range (PM2.5-10) in summer, and that this discrepancy is attributable to the large increase of summer surface air temperature for the analysis period (0.13°C year–1). During the daytime, especially in the afternoon when hourly surface air temperature and its increasing rate are high, the difference in the decreasing rates of PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 is dominant. The slower decrease in PM2.5 compared to PM2.5-10 likely results from the secondary PM2.5 formations accelerated by the increase in surface air temperature. Other atmospheric variables that can affect concentrations of PMs, such as insolation, relative humidity, precipitation, wind speed, and sea level pressure, do not show the meaningful relationship with the discrepancy in the decreasing tendency of both PMs. Our finding emphasizes the necessity of continuous monitoring and analysis of long-term variability in concentrations of PMs and related meteorological conditions, and the independent establishment of reduction policies for PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 to prepare for anthropogenic climate change and the subsequent air quality change.