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  • Writer's pictureDavid James Connolly

Bureau of Meteorology finally declares El Niño

The Bureau of Meteorology has declared two major climate drivers linked to hot, dry conditions are officially underway in Australia, prompting further warnings that extreme heatwaves will hit this summer. After months of anticipation, the bureau has confirmed the world's most consequential climate driver, the El Niño weather pattern, is active over the Pacific for the first time in eight years. At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the bureau also announced the lesser known, but also significant, climate driver, known as a "positive" Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), has also developed.

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