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Record-Beating Pacific Ocean Heat Seen Strengthening El Nino

The El Nino in the Pacific Ocean is building strength unabated, with sea surface temperatures exceeding the 1997 record, indicating the weather pattern will continue into next year.

All key El Nino ocean-monitoring areas have had temperatures more than 1 degree Celsius above average for 10 weeks, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said Tuesday in a fortnightly update on its website. That’s two weeks longer than the record in 1997, it said.