The weather, currently.
The weather will be adding to the Halloween ambiance tomorrow, with a partly cloudy day and a very high chance of showers. It’ll be blustery too, with strong overnight winds of 35 to 50 km/h tending west to north westerly from 20 to 30 km/h in the morning before shifting west to south-westerly at 15 to 20 km/h in the afternoon. The overnight low of 16°C will climb to a maximum of 20°C just before lunch time. Temperatures will be around 17°C when it's peak trick-or-treating time (if you’re into that sort of thing). But the scariest thing about Monday are all the warnings in place – for floods, severe weather, and strong marine winds. The Yarra and Watts Rivers are back on alert for flooding. Severe and damaging winds with peak gusts of 90 to 100km/h are forecast in the warning area (see image below, courtesy of the Bureau) from Sunday night, through to early Monday, with elevated and Alpine areas set to feel the worst of it. Severe thunderstorms are also possible in the northeast of the state today. And remember that saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusts toppling trees and powerlines. Truly scary stuff.
— Megan Herbert
What you need to know, currently.
We have a new story up today by Anna Abraham on flooding in Bengaluru and the ways state mismanagement and irresponsible real estate development has heightened flood risks for the poor.
"In August and September, heavy rainfall brought the city to a standstill. Over 1500 slum-dwellers are still seeking support to rebuild their lives, while many billionaires found themselves conveniently rescued by boat, the media attention it garnered being perhaps the only pro to the situation.
The sudden increase in Bengaluru rainfall, a pattern seen in the last few years, has been attributed to global warming. There has been a 162 percent increase in average rainfall since June this year — the city, which receives an average of 970-999 mm of rainfall a year, has broken all past records by receiving the highest annual rainfall of 1,704 mm, according to the India Meteorological Department observatory. Even more, rainfall is expected to follow, once the northeast monsoon winds arrive.
But climate change is not the sole culprit."