It always strikes me a strange that an equatorial current in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere off the coast of South America, can have an effect on British weather. However, we have been warned that this coming summer is likely to be cold and wet precisely because of that current which sets up a system known as El Niño. Apparently, this warm current alters the course of the jet stream - don't ask me how - which causes a knock-on effect on our weather.
It is said that the main effects here are felt in winter, and the Daily Mail has warned, "Britain is set to be battered by fierce
snowstorms and freezing temperatures that could affect food stocks next
winter as the first El Niño cycle for five years kicks in".
Oh well, que sera, sera.