Print Edition - 2018-09-11  |  World News Digest

UN sees 70pc chance of El Nino this year

- AGENCIES, GENEVA

Sep 11, 2018-

An El Nino event that could disrupt global weather is likely by the end of what has already been a hot year, the UN said on Monday. The World Meteorological Organisation forecast “a 70 percent chance of an El Nino developing by the end of this year,” a WMO statement said. El Nino is triggered by periodic warming in the eastern Pacific Ocean which can trigger drought in some regions, heavy rain in others. “WMO does not expect the anticipated El Nino to be as powerful as the 2015-2016 event, but it will still have considerable impacts,” the statement said. The organisation sees increased odds of higher surface temperatures in most of Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Africa and along much of South America’s coastline.

Published: 11-09-2018 08:34

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