Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Meteorologist John Gerard says an El Niño advisory has been issued by the Climate Prediction Center for all of North America including the entire U.S. as well as South Florida.

READ MORE: Heat Alert: Miami Beats Boston 109-103 For 2-1 Series Lead

CLICK HERE To Watch John Gerard’s Report 

It’s classified as a weak El Niño, which means that widespread global impacts are not expected. However there will be some of the usual impacts of an El Niño in some regions.

READ MORE: Man Held Without Bond In Killing Of Baby, Babysitter In Coral Springs

In most El Niño years there tend to see more thunderstorms, cooler temperatures but a smaller number of Atlantic hurricanes.

The most southern track of the jet stream in an El Niño season allows for the southern United States to see above-average rainfall which would be good news for drought-stricken areas from California to Texas.

In South Florida, residents need to be on guard for the potential for an active severe weather season beginning earlier than usual especially in April and May.

MORE NEWS: Report: South Florida Counties Have High COVID Levels, Despite CDC Numbers

This development is being monitored closely and further updates will occur in the next several weeks.