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BOM gives steam to eerie end of world prediction

The El Nino weather pattern in Queensland will extend summer by a month, pushing back autumn. Contributed: BOM.
The El Nino weather pattern in Queensland will extend summer by a month, pushing back autumn. Contributed: BOM. Declan Cooley

EVERY year or so it seems someone somewhere around the world predicts the world is going to end.

However there is one "end of the world" scenario that may now be more relevant.

The ancient Indian text, the Bhagavad Gita, predicted over 2000 years ago that the world would end when the seasons start to change.

You can make of that what you will but that's exactly what's happening now.

The Bureau of Meteorology said summer is set to drag on for another month, pushing back autumn until April.

This is because the strong El Nino weather pattern hovering over Queensland continues to stick around, bringing with it an 80% chance of higher temperatures for the month of March.

A spokesman for The Bureau said that while the seasons haven't officially changed, going into the future definitions of when the seasons start and end may need to be rethought.

"It's inevitable that the definition of the seasons will change," he said.

"It will depend on a lot of things like the impact on agriculture but it has been given thought and it is what will happen in the future."

In a seasonal report The Bureau recorded an average increase in temperature of 1.08 degrees Celsius for the whole of Queensland, as well as a 13% decrease in the average rainfall.

The direct cause of these findings have been attributed to the lingering El Nino weather pattern which is expected to end sometime in the second quarter of 2016, according to The Bureau.

"El Nino is still with us and declining very slowly," the spokesman said.

"The effects from the strong El Nino will dissipate but the background global warming will still be there.

"This means that when we come out of the El Nino we will still have that background warming which will make temperatures higher," he said.

So, is the world going to end?

Yes, but it won't be any time soon.

The Bureau said once the El Nino weather pattern moves on, there will be "50%" chance weather conditions will go back to normal, adjusted for "natural climate variability and the background warming going on". 

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