October 11, 2018 / 5:31 AM / 12 days ago

Japan weather bureau says 70 percent chance of El Nino emerging in autumn

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s weather bureau said on Thursday there is a 70 percent chance an El Nino weather pattern could emerge during the Northern Hemisphere autumn.

The Japan Meteorological Agency also said recent weather patterns have been normal without either a La Nina or El Nino event.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday that a recent warming of the Pacific Ocean has led to a 70 percent chance of an El Nino weather event developing this year.

The last El Nino, a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific that typically occurs every few years, occurred around 2015/2016 and caused weather-related crop damage, fires and flash floods.

Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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