Climate experts are now all but certain this year will see the strongest ever El Nino develop in waters around the Equator with serious consequences for the UK.

When the phenomenon was announced earlier this year forecasters hoped it would fizzle out before winter.

But temperatures in the Pacific Ocean have been rising steadily and the most powerful El Nino on record is expected to be confirmed within days.

The knock-on effects around the globe, which include unusually cold winters in Britain, could be catastrophic.

The last El Nino, six years ago, saw the UK crippled by the worst winter for decades with widespread harsh frosts, sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow setting in from early December and lasting until March.

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Climate experts are now all but certain this year will see the strongest ever El Nino develop in waters around the Equator with serious consequences for the UK. When the phenomenon was announced earlier this year forecasters hoped it would fizzle out before winter. But temperatures in the Pacific Ocean have...