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About 50 percent chance of El Niño in autumn, says Japan weather bureau

Local residents stand in a flooded area in Mabi town in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s weather bureau said on Tuesday there is a 50 percent chance that El Niño could break out in the autumn.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) also said there is a 70 percent chance of normal weather patterns without La Niña or El Niño in the Northern Hemisphere summer months.

Reporting by Yuka Obayashi, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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