Japan sees 70% chance of La Nina lasting through summer

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TOKYO, May 12 (Reuters) - There is a high chance for the La Nina weather phenomenon to continue over the summer, Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday.

It estimated the likelihood at 70%, adding that there were even chances for La Nina to continue in the autumn, instead of the return of normal weather patterns.

A La Nina, which brings unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean region, is also linked to floods and drought.

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Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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