El Niño looming


El Niño looming

  • 24 Oct 2018

With El Niño looming, it is the last thing South Africa needs after the ongoing droughts 

What is El Niño? 

El Niño is the warming of sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean which influences atmospheric circulation, and consequently rainfall and temperature in specific areas around the world. Resulting in droughts elsewhere, in this case, South Africa. El Nino is translated from Spanish as the boy child. 

How does El Niño affect South Africa? 

As sea temperatures rise, the air becomes more dry and humid, influencing hotter weather patterns. This is responsible for making our hot summers even hotter and severely limits the amount of rainfall across the country. 

The International Research Institution of Climate and Society (IRI) say it’s looking highly likely that the system will arrive in South Africa over spring and summer



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