El Niño Likely in 2019

There is a 75-80 percent chance of an El Niño developing by February, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced Tuesday 8 January 2019. So what exactly does that entail?  

Although 2019’s forecasted El Niño is not expected to be as powerful as the one in 2015-2016, it’s not to be overlooked, weather experts warned.

“It can still significantly affect rainfall and temperature patterns in many regions, with important consequences to agricultural and food security sectors, and for management of water resources and public health, and it may combine with long-term climate change to boost 2019 global temperatures,” Maxx Dilley, director of WMO’s Climate Prediction and Adaptation branch, said.

El Niños are naturally occurring phenomenons that happen every two to seven years. They have a major effect on global weather patterns, including spikes in temperatures.
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