This year’s El Niño officially arrives with a moderate presence until it gradually increases with the arrival of winter.
This Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center confirmed the arrival of the El Niño weather event.
The agency’s meteorologists eventually submitted a report that officially stated: El Niño is occurring .
They also predict it will gradually intensify with the arrival of winter, says a report published by the newspaper. National Weather Service.
The thing to remember is El Niño is a natural climatic phenomenon that results in warmer sea surface temperatures than the average for the central and eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator. . It also occurs every 2-7 years.
“Depending on its strength, El Niño can cause a variety of effects, including: Increased risk of heavy rains and droughts in certain parts of the world explained Michel Rouleux, a climate scientist at the Center for Climate Prediction.
El Niño will bring change
Moreover, experts warn of changes in this phenomenon as a result of climate change.
“Climate change could exacerbate or mitigate certain impacts associated with El Niño. For example, El Niño could set new temperature records Especially in areas where temperatures are already above average during El Niño periods,” says Rouleux.
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How will El Niño affect Chile?
in Chile, El Niño raises both sea temperature and precipitation over northern and central regions affecting areas from the highlands to the coast, explains the NGO Oceana.
On the other hand, now it will happen within a few months. June, July, August However, it is still impossible to measure its duration.
“In June, due to the frontal system, we will have more rainfall between the regions of O’Higgins and Los Lagos. They will be concentrated between the Rios region,” they affirm from MeteoRed.
On the other hand, between the regions of Valparaíso, Maule and La Araucania, rain will be more frequent.
Less than normal rainfall is expected in August for both the Los Lagos and Magallanes regions. Meanwhile, a high temperature event will occur between the Arica and Parinacota regions up to Antofagasta.