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Climate experts: There's a 70% chance La Niña could develop between July and September

A recent climate report predicts the El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean will switch to La Niña within the next few months.

La Niña are natural climate conditions that describe when a portion of the Pacific Ocean near the equator experiences temperature cooling.

There is about a 70% chance the phase will flip between July and September. 

La Niña conditions usually mean drier winters for the Southwest and Arizona, as storm systems tend to move more towards the Pacific Northwest.

Erinanne Saffell, the Arizona state climatologist, says despite the flip during summer months, we will have to wait until winter to really see its effects. 

“And if we look at what's been going on with our summer El Nino la Nina, it's a mixed bag of what we can get with our monsoon season," she said. 

Saffell added the state is likely to face another hot summer, but is not predicted to set heat records like last year. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.