Drought conditions may persist in wheat-growing areas from China, the world’s largest grower and consumer, to the U.S. and Western Europe, hurting crops and lifting prices, British Weather Services said.
The U.K. and Ireland may have the coldest December since 1890 and one of the snowiest three on record, Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services in High Wycombe, England, said by e-mail.
Florida’s orange crop, the world’s second largest, may face damage as Tropical Storm Debby drenches groves and causes flooding in some areas, said Jim Dale, a senior risk meteorologist for British Weather Services.
Crop-damaging weather from the La Nina phenomenon that brought flooding to Australia and drought to Argentina may be ending, Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at High Wycombe, England-based British Weather Services, said. He made the following comments from an e-mail today.
Drought in wheat-growing regions in China, the world’s largest producer, may persist for a further month and rain may come “too late” to avert damage to crops, pushing prices higher, British Weather Services said.