ISLAMABAD: Extreme weather arising from a climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean will get much worse as the world warms, according to climate modelling.
Parts of the world will have weather patterns that switch between extremes of wet and dry, say scientists.
The US will see more droughts while flooding will become more common in the western Pacific, research suggests.
The study, in Nature Climate Change, adds to a growing body of evidence over climate change and extreme weather.
The latest data – based on detailed climate modelling work – suggests extreme La Nina events in the Pacific Ocean will almost double with global warming, from one in 23 years to one in 13 years.
Most will follow extreme El Nino events, meaning frequent swings between opposite extremes from one year to the next, the BBC reported.
Lead researcher Dr Wenju Cai from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, said this would mean an increase in the occurrence of “devastating weather events with profound socio-economic consequences”.
“El Nino and La Nina can be a major driver of extreme weather,” he said.
“We are going to see these extreme weather [events] become more frequent.”