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Heat wave hits El Salvador

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San Salvador, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) A heat wave that extends along a strip of the Pacific Ocean and reaches the Caribbean has hit El Salvador, while the El Niño phenomenon begins to weaken, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) said on Sunday.

The weather phenomenon began weakening to give way to its neutral phase, MARN weather report number 10, based on data from the Climate Prediction Center of the United States, said.

Even though El Niño began to weaken, its influence could continue until April 2024, and its development will continue to be monitored and analyzed, the report said.

According to local authorities, there is a 62-percent chance of shower and La Niña phenomenon will develop as of June this year, after a transition from El Niño to neutral El Niño.

Although ocean temperatures have dropped, they are still 1.4 degrees above average, and a “rapid weakening” is expected next month.

The current conditions correspond to the “El Niño” climate phenomenon, which is characterized by scarce rainfall and drought, which were accentuated this year with a 55% reduction in precipitation with the fall of only three cubic millimeters in the entire month, when the average is between 3 and 6.7 millimeters.

These conditions influenced the heat wave affecting the country in recent days, with temperatures that sometimes exceeded 40 degrees Celsius and should normalize between March 20 and 22, according to the MARN.

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