February 16, 2017 / 10:15 AM / 5 months ago

El Nino could return in second half of 2017 - WMO

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A sugar cane worker poses while working in a field at Pakchong district in Ratchaburi province, Thailand March 22, 2016.Jorge Silva /Files

GENEVA (Reuters) - El Nino weather conditions could return to heat up the planet later this year, although neutral conditions are slightly more likely, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement on Thursday.

Climate models surveyed by the WMO suggested a 50 percent chance of neutral conditions continuing in the second half of 2017, with a 35-40 percent chance of El Nino developing, and only a slight chance of La Nina, which tends to have a cooling effect.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Toby Chopra

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