'Coastal niño' expected to gradually weaken in three weeks
La Tinguiña, in Ica, one of the zones affected by the latest floods. (Photo: Ministerio de Defensa del Perú)
The climatic phenomenon known as "Coastal niño" would begin to weaken by the end of April, with the change of season and the arrival of a cold Kelvin wave to the north coast of Peru.
"A change of season always contributes to weakening this type of events. And everything indicates that with the autumn, the situation would tend to become normal gradually over the next two or three weeks," explained Javier Gaviola, president of Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE).
In addition, he said that unlike what happened in the 1980s and 1990s, the current "Coastal niño" occurred abruptly and intensely because it took place together with a series of atmospheric events as a whole, such as the weakening of the South Pacific Anti- cyclone, which allowed the entry of a...