The three-year La Nina that ended in March could give way to hotter temperatures in Asia this summer and boost consumption of natural gas and other fossil fuels across the region.

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center last week increased the probability of El Niño weather conditions emerging between June and August to 75%. 

While the phenomenon generally tends to bring warmer weather to Asia and the northern United States during the winter and has less of a signature during the summer, climate change is exacerbating its impacts, which could mean a stronger influence over the next year and beyond. 

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