Currently in Melbourne — September 20th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 20th, 2022
Mostly cloudy, but with some lovely sunny patches.

The weather, currently.

Cloud cover with some sunny periods

Since the Bureau of Meteorology’s recent confirmation that a third consecutive La Niña is underway, the rainfall has been a real presence. If you were the anthropomorphising type, which I most resolutely am, you’d almost say the rain has been putting on a little show for us, announcing its intention to stick around for a spring and summer encore (whether we’d like it or not). But the rain show takes a break for the next couple of days when we’ll be graced with a run of mostly cloudy, mostly dry, mild spring days. Today we’ll have a low of 8°C in the early morning, moving through to a top of 19°C by the early afternoon. Despite the cloud cover, there will be some sunny periods and the UV index will be 5 (which means “cover up”). Lights winds will tend northerly at 15 to 20 km/h in the morning before becoming light in the late afternoon. All in all, a lovely spring day. A perfect time for any outdoor school holiday activities.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Hurricane Fiona devastates Puerto Rico, slams the Dominican Republic, continues to strengthen
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico knocking out power for most of the island. The storm veered towards the Dominican Republic, causing major flooding.

“Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, knocking out power for more than 90 percent of households on the island and bringing some of the most devastating flooding Puerto Rico has ever seen. Early on Monday, the storm’s path veered towards the Dominican Republic, causing major flooding there too.

The storm is expected to move west towards Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday and continue to strengthen to a category 3 hurricane by Wednesday.

More than 1.3 million people across the island are without power, as of Monday around 9 AM, according to Power Outage US. The rain is expected to continue through Tuesday, after that, temperatures in the upper 80°F (31°C) will pose an additional hazard for those still without power.

Fiona’s effects are comparable to or worse than those of Hurricane Maria — which struck Puerto Rico almost exactly five years ago. The island was still recovering from the effects of Maria and is now once again under water.”

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What you can do, currently.

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