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U.S. forecaster sees 50-55% chance of La Niña in 2020 fall

July 9 (Reuters) - There is about 50-55% chance of La Niña development during the northern hemisphere fall in 2020, with a 50% chance the pattern will continue through winter 2020-21, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday.

La Niña pattern is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral conditions are expected to prevail summer in 2020, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in its monthly forecast.

(Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru)

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