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India's weather office on Monday retained its forecast for an above-average monsoon this year, boosting hopes of a rise in farm output and income after two years of drought.

Latest forecasts indicate a 55-70 per cent chance of a La Niña developing towards the end of this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has said.

The record-breaking worldwide heat of the first six months of 2016 has turned to abnormally severe seasonal flooding across Asia with hundreds of people dying in China, India, Nepal and Pakistan an

Variations in seasonal rainfall are often related to weather in other parts of world, such as El Niño events in the Pacific Ocean

178 Districts Have Received Scanty Or Deficient Rainfall

A La Nina event, which affects rainfall and temperatures in the tropics, may develop in the third quarter of the year but it is likely to be weak and far less intense that El Nino that ended in May

Southern African countries have launched an emergency appeal for $2.8bn (£2.1bn) to help feed nearly 40 million people hit by one of the worst regional droughts in 35 years.

Below-normal temperatures are expected in Britain and parts of Norway, France and Germany from August to October, with higher than average temperatures across the rest of Europe, The Weather Compan

DEAD SEA, ISRAEL - JULY 16: (ISRAEL OUT) Visiting tourists covered with rejuvenating mineral mud relax during a hot summer's day July 16, 2007 at the Dead Sea in southern Israel.

Japan will see mostly warmer weather from August to October, the official forecaster said on Monday.