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‘Moderate to strong’ La Niña this year, UN says

La Niña typically causes an increase in rainfall in the Costa Rica's Central and Southern Pacific, and a decrease in rainfall in the southern Caribbean, according to the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).

Experts predict continued rainfall deficits throughout Central America due to El Niño

Due to El Niño, the tropical cyclone season in the eastern Pacific will be more active than normal, while in the North Atlantic it will be less intense.

More than 113 million people worldwide suffered from hunger in 2018

"The outlook for 2019 is even worse than in 2018, when the El Niño phenomenon caused extremely dry conditions and a prolonged heat wave," says the report.

Drought subjects Central America to pests, loss of crops and lack of drinking water

Nearly 300,000 Costa Ricans have water shortages and that number could increase, according to Alex Solis, head of the National Emergency Commission, which coordinates a committee to address the climate phenomenon.

Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May

The seventh tropical wave of the year is to blame for heavy showers over most of Costa Rica. Downpours flooded streets in San José and Heredia on Monday.

Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areas

Environment Ministry officials claim 100 percent of the wildfires inside protected areas occurred because of people’s negligent or premeditated actions.

High temperatures expected to continue in Costa Rica for two more months

A video that went viral on Tuesday shows a whirlwind on a road in Guanacaste, “formed by the effects of high temperatures on air,” a local meteorologist said.

Water and Sewer Institute announces rationing plan for up to four months

The Water and Sewer Institute rationing plan will focus on cantons in the capital of San José.

Costa Rican researchers develop new climate change-resistant beans

Nambí beans are tolerant to extreme drought conditions and high temperatures; they have a shorter production cycle and show more resistance to various diseases.

Low rainfall in Central Valley, northern regions; La Niña still a no-show

An increase in rainfall expected for August due to La Niña weather phenomenon did not occur. But meteorologists expect the rainy season to pick up soon.

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