Currently in Melbourne — September 26th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 26th, 2022
Cloudy with possible showers

The weather, currently.

The promised weekend showers never really materialised, did they? I had my rain gear ready to go, but ended up venturing out sans waterproofs for many an enjoyable weekend ramble and bike ride. Nary a drop of rain in sight. Which makes me wonder whether today will also bring more sunshine than the showers which are once again promised? Alas, I’m not the holder of a crystal ball, merely the fallible human aggregator of several trusted weather reports. My advice in spring, and Melbourne, is always to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. So. If we’re to take the bureau at its word, today will start out with an early morning low of 11°C and climb to a top of 17°C by midday, with showers likely to be intermittent throughout the day, mostly in the late morning and accompanied by light winds. Pop an umbrella in your bag if you must. Personally, I plan to take my chances.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday as a post-tropical storm with 90 mph winds. Although the storm weakened as it approached land, it still caused an unprecedented amount of damage and at least one death. The worst damage was in Prince Edward Island, where storm surge reached up to six feet.

After months of quiet, the Atlantic Basin is looking particularly active this week. Tropical Storm Ian formed Friday and is expected to strengthen as it approaches the United States. Ian may hit Cuba as a Category 4 and the western coast of Florida will be particularly at risk.

“The one thing I have to stress is that as Ian moves into the Gulf of Mexico the wind field is going to expand considerably,” said Jamie Rhome, acting director of the National Hurricane Center, in a briefing on Sunday. “Ian is going to be a large and powerful hurricane in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and spread its impacts over a large portion of the Florida peninsula, so don’t get too fixated on the [exact track].”

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What you can do, currently.

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