Australia weather bureau says models show low chance of El Nino

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:15 AM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Weather models indicate a low chance of an El Nino, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday, after indicators of the climate event eased in recent weeks.

El Nino - a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific - can prompt drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and heavy rains in South America, hitting production of food such as rice, wheat and sugar.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Richard Pullin)