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UN sees 70% chance of El Nino event this year

AFP  |  Geneva 

An El event that could disrupt global is likely by the end of what has already been a hot year, the UN said Monday.

The forecast "a 70 percent chance of an El developing by the end of this year," a WMO statement said.

El is triggered by periodic warming in the eastern 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, and along much of South America's coastline.

Interior parts of South America, Greenland, many islands and some in the were identified as possible exceptions.

WMO noted that 2018 "is on track to be one of the warmest on record," after especially high temperatures in July and August across several parts of the world.

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First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 17:30 IST