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Environment

North American hurricane and wildfire season may be more extreme: Munich Re

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The upcoming Atlantic hurricane season and California wildfires in the autumn may be more extreme than usual, the German reinsurer Munich Re said on Thursday.

So-called La Nina weather conditions are expected that can intensify tropical cyclones, Munich Re said in a report on natural catastrophes. The hurricane season runs from August through October.

The climate patterns may also create especially dry conditions in northern California that would make for a more extreme autumn of fires, Munich Re said.

Over the first six months of the year, natural disasters resulted in $68 billion in losses, lower than the average of the past 30 years, Munich Re’s report said.

Reporting by Tom Sims and Alexander Huebner. Editing by Jane Merriman

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