American meteorologists predict that there is a 60 percent chance that the La Niña weather phenomenon will return in the coming months, American scientists report in the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) monthly report. At a La Niña, the temperature of the sea water drops around the equator.

According to the CPC, the La Niña forms over the next three months and lasts until the end of winter.

A La Niña is a cold Gulf Stream at the equator, in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Gulf Stream can disrupt the climate and - depending on the temperature variation - is often associated with severe flooding in Australia and part of Southeast Asia. The west coast of the US can also experience drought. This also depends on how much the temperature decreases.

The effects of a La Niña on the Netherlands are small, unless there is an extreme temperature deviation. In the most recent forecast of the CPC, this does not seem to be the case for the time being.

The last La Niña was formed between September and November 2017. It lasted until the beginning of 2018.