Japan weather bureau says 60% chance of La Nina lasting throughout winter

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Friday the La Nina phenomenon is continuing and that there is a 60% chance it will prevail through the end of the Northern Hemisphere winter and an 80% chance the conditions will end in spring.

Last month, it said the La Nina phenomenon appears to be in effect and that there is a 60% chance the phenomenon will continue through winter.

A La Nina weather event is characterised by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean region and is also linked with floods and drought.

(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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