According to a UN report released on Wednesday, the El Nino weather phenomenon which raises global temperatures is predicted to persist until at least April 2024.
El Nino is a naturally occurring climatic trend that is commonly linked to global warming, drought in certain regions, and abundant rainfall in others.
The current El Nino, which intensified quickly in July and August of this year, is expected to peak between now and January, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.
The meteorological phenomena usually happen every two to seven years, and the year after its development usually sees a rise in world temperatures.
However, the WMO noted that the phenomena was taking place in the context of rapid climate change, even if the majority of the El Nino impact is not anticipated to be felt until 2024.
The year following an abnormally strong El Nino occurred, 2016, is now the hottest year on record, but the globe is already on track to surpass that record.
The last event occurred in 2018–2019, and it was followed by an extremely protracted La Nina, which ended earlier this year and is the cooling opposite of El Nino.
According to WMO, there is a good chance that the central-eastern equatorial Pacific will continue to warm until April of next year based on the most recent predictions for the present Nino effect.
It also stated that above-normal sea surface temperatures are anticipated over the majority of the world’s oceans and over nearly all land areas.
Above-average rainfall is anticipated to have additional effects in the La Plata basin in South America, the Horn of Africa, southeast North America, and portions of central and eastern Asia.
Meanwhile, forecasts indicate that rain will be less across the Pacific islands, much of Australia, and the north of South America.