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Japan weather bureau says 70% chance El Nino extends into summer

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows agropastoral settlements outside the capital Hargeisa, Somaliland April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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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