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WMO: the most powerful El Niño in 15 years

WMO: the most powerful El Niño in 15 years

The autumn of Taiwan resembles the weather of summer in recent days. On November 17, the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently released a warning for El Niño. They said it is the most powerful El Niño in fifteen years and all countries should take precaution in face of the changing climate.

According to WMO, El Niño is expected to strengthen further by the end of the year. It is known that El Niño contributes to extreme weather patterns such as severe droughts and flooding. The three-month average surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean will exceed 2 degrees Celsius above normal, placing this El Niño event among the three strongest since 1950.

“We are better prepared for this event than we have ever been in the past. On the basis of advice from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, the worst affected countries are planning for El Niño and its impacts on sectors like agriculture, fisheries, water and health, and implementing disaster management campaigns to save lives and minimize economic damage and disruption,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

The peak of the El Niño normally ranges from October to the following year’s January.