The warming trend of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific continued. Sea surface temperature of the region remained above normal in the past month. Based on the latest oceanic observations as well as forecasts by a number of climate models around the world, the central and eastern equatorial Pacific is likely to remain warmer than normal in the coming months and develop into an El Niño near the end of this winter (December 2018 – February 2019).
(Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)
Figure 1 Sea surface temperature anomalies of 18 November – 15 December 2018 in degree Celsius.
||The next update will be available in the latter half of January 2019.