La Niña to batter Australia with rain over the summer

Australia: Australians are bracing for a wet and windy summer for a second year in a row as meteorologists that a La Niña weather event had formed in the Pacific Ocean.

La Niña is expected to impact the country’s north, center and east, including its biggest city, Sydney, during the Southern Hemisphere’s late spring and early summer, possibly even as late as autumn, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.
Meteorologists around the world, including Australia, have warned for months that La Niña conditions were forming in the Pacific Ocean, and Tuesday’s announcement means parts of the country are on alert for potential flooding and an uptick in tropical cyclones.
“In terms of tropical cyclones, for La Niña, we do tend to see more than average — probably about a 65% chance of seeing more than the average number of 11 tropical cyclones,” the bureau’s head of operational climate services, Andrew Watkins, said at a press conference.
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