La Nina is causing havoc around the Pacific Ocean
Floods in Queensland, Australia, have caused deaths and rising waters in the heart of the capital, Brisbane.
Much of the state lies within the tropics, so residents expect downpours during the wet season, November to April. But these have been worse than normal, following the wettest spring ever known.
The floods in Queensland, Australia, have caused deaths and rising waters in the heart of the capital, Brisbane (above, the suburb of Rocklea)
Most of the blame lies with the naturally occurring phenomenon known as La Nina, which, combined with its better known brother El Nino, cause havoc with the normal pattern of weather around the Pacific Ocean.
Efforts over the past 30 years to forecast the onset of these two phenomena better can still be caught out – as Brisbane has discovered, with the worst flooding since 1974.
Here, we had mild, wet and windy weather last week.
On Thursday, Pershore in Worcestershire saw the temperatures peak at 14.5C. Wales and North Devon were the wettest, with many places having 3.2in (80mm) of rain up to Friday morning.
As for the next few days, it is turning colder again – but with nothing like December’s conditions. Frosts are very likely, but with plenty of dry and bright weather.
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