El Niño to bring record-breaking global temperatures

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AMMAN — Director of the Meteorology Department, Raed Al-Khatib, stated that the El Niño phenomenon may set a new record for the global annual temperature. اضافة اعلان

Its impact on global temperatures is expected to peak in 2024.

Al-Khatib said “it is too early to predict the Kingdom's potential impact from the El Niño phenomenon at this time, especially since global meteorological monitoring centers have not yet provided a clear picture regarding these phenomena,” Hala News reported.

Al-Khatib confirmed that the Kingdom experienced the effects of El Niño during years of record-breaking global temperatures, including 2016, where temperatures recorded temperature increase of 1.2 degrees Celsius above the annual average.

He mentioned that the highest temperatures recorded in the kingdom reached 50.1 degrees Celsius in 2020 in Deir Alla, Jordan Valley.

He added that the rainfall amounts in most regions of the kingdom during that period exceeded their annual averages.

A phenomenally hot summerAl-Khatib explained that El Niño is a natural phenomenon resulting from the rise in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. It occurs on average every 2 to 7 years and typically lasts for 9 to 12 months.

The World Meteorological Organization had previously warned that the world would experience record-breaking temperatures, the highest in history, during the five-year period from 2023 to 2027.

It pointed out that there is a 66 percent likelihood that the annual global average temperatures near the Earth's surface will surpass pre-industrial levels by 1.5 degrees Celsius for at least one year between 2023 and 2027.

Furthermore, it emphasized that there is a 9 percent likelihood that at least one year during this period will be considered "the hottest in history."

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