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El Niño and La Niña
Latest status (February 2018)


In the past month or so, sea surface temperatures of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific remained below normal. Based on the latest oceanic observations as well as forecasts by a number of climate models around the world, sea surface temperatures of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific are expected to warm gradually in the next few months.


Sea surface temperature anomalies
(Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)

Figure 1    Sea surface temperature anomalies of 21 January – 17 February 2018 in degree Celsius.


Note:

1. The next update will be available in the latter half of March 2018.


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Seasonal and annual rainfall charts
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