Sydney (AFP) – Hot conditions and low humidity associated with El Niño are shaping up and could increase the severity of fires and drought, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.
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Government meteorologist Carl Braganza said that the El Niño phenomenon had settled in the Pacific Ocean, coinciding with an unusual spring heat wave in eastern Australia.
Braganza said El Niño will continue to warm the planet’s oceans, which have been “setting record temperatures since April.”
“This (Australian) summer will be warmer than average, certainly warmer than the last three years,” he said.
Last July, the World Meteorological Organization began this climate phenomenon that usually causes global temperatures to rise, accompanied by droughts in some regions and heavy rains in other regions.
“The arrival of El Niño will significantly increase the likelihood of breaking temperature records and causing more extreme heat in many regions of the world and in the oceans,” warned Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization.
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