By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
August 29, 2018,Wet weather will be common from the southern coast of Brazil through Ecuador and Peru with heavy downpours threatening to cause flooding and landslides. Meanwhile, a persistent dry pattern from northeast Brazil through Venezuela will cause drought concerns to mount across the region.
Drought may develop in northern Brazil, worsen in Venezuela
Dry conditions in the coming months will raise drought concerns across the northern reaches of South America this spring.
“Rainfall opportunities will become more infrequent during the season across the northern part of South America,” AccuWeather Lead Global Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.
One factor contributing to the upcoming drier-than-normal spring is the developing El Niño.
El Niño occurs when water in the tropical Pacific Ocean rises to above-normal levels for an extended period of time, influencing the global weather pattern.
“The limiting of rainfall will lead to drought areas across Venezuela worsening and expanding into the Brazilian states of Roraima, Amapa, Para and portions of Maranhao. “The building drought is likely to intensify the water crisis in Venezuela.