The United Nations forecasting agency is predicting increased chances for hotter-than-normal temperatures in 2024 due to the arrival of El Niño, a global climate pattern associated with warmer ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.
El Niño can affect precipitation and temperature patterns around the world, and may lead to a new spike in global heating and breaking of temperature records. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has also issued a similar outlook, and research suggests that climate change has intensified wet and dry global extremes, prolonged heat waves, and warmed winters. The combination of El Niño and climate change could lead to more record-breaking temperatures.[ln_v4v]