Bureau of­fi­cially de­clares El Nino

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE Aus­tralian Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has of­fi­cially de­clared an El Nino in the trop­i­cal Pa­cific.

But what does this mean for Australia?

Typ­i­cally dur­ing El Nino, much of eastern Australia ex­pe­ri­ences a pro­longed drier, hot­ter win­ter.

An El Nino can last be­tween three to five months and many in the past have caused wide­spread drought.

How­ever, the weather bureau says the cur­rent May to July out­look sug­gests much of Australia is likely to be wet­ter than av­er­age be­cause of a warmer-than-av­er­age In­dian Ocean.

The El Nino is ex­pected to be­come the dom­i­nant in­flu­ence on Australia cli­mate dur­ing the sec­ond half of the year.

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