La Niña likely to strengthen U.N. weather agency says

The La Niña weather pattern is likely to continue and may strengthen over the next four to six months, potentially bringing abnormal conditions to widely separate areas of the world, from floods to droughts to below or above normal temperatures, the United Nations weather agency said Monday.

La Niña, characterized by unusually cool ocean temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific, is the opposite of El Niño, characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures, and both events can last for 12 months or more, disrupting normal tropical rainfall atmospheric circulation, with widespread impacts on climate in many parts of the world.

But although the current La Niña has similarities to past events, its local impacts may differ from those observed in the past, the World Meteorological Organization warned in its latest update, stressing that for managing climate-related risks, it is important to consider both prevailing La Niña conditions and other factors with potential influence on the local climate.

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