Strong El Nino 'unlikely' this year: UN weather agency

El Nino is a warming of ocean surface temperatures associated with crop damage, fires and flash floods.

FILE: This picture shows the Umhlatuzana Hindu Temple, south of Durban, damaged after the township was hit by heavy rain and flash floods following a torrential downpour on 23 April 2019. Picture: AFP

GENEVA - There is a 60-65% percent chance of El Nino weather conditions emerging between June and August, but a strong El Nino looks unlikely, the UN World Meteorological Organisation said on Monday, citing its latest assessment of global data.

El Nino is a warming of ocean surface temperatures associated with crop damage, fires and flash floods. The WMO said there was a 50% chance of El Nino conditions from September.