TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s weather bureau said on Monday there is a 70% chance the El Nino weather pattern will extend into the northern hemisphere summer this year.
There is a 60% chance it will continue into autumn, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
El Nino is a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific that typically happens every few years, sometimes causing crop damage, flash flooding or fires.
Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; editing by Darren Schuettler
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