Currently in Melbourne - December 19th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunny with a maximum temperatures of 26 degrees C. 

The next three days will be sunny and warm in Melbourne all thanks to an area of high pressure that will remain over Victoria. We see mostly sunny skies on Monday with maximum temperatures in the mid 20s. The weather will remain this way for Tuesday and eventually climb into the 30s on Wednesday. By Thursday we start to see a change as thunderstorms start to roll in with an area of low pressure.

Enjoy the sun!

— Megan Montero filling in for Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Worst drought on record continues to ravage the Horn of Africa
Five failed rainy seasons have devastated the Horn of Africa — the worst drought on record.

Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, has a piece up about the drought that continues to devastate the east African region. The drought is the longest and most severe drought on record, and after five consecutive failed rainy seasons, experts predict the next rain period will also fail.

“Water has become a precious commodity, with about 23 million people facing daily household water insecurity. This leaves them more vulnerable to water-borne diseases. It also forces women and children to travel long distances to fetch water, often exposing them to violence on their journeys.

‘The only thing people are praying for now is a little bit of rain,’ said Walter Mawere, the Communications and Advocacy Coordinator from CARE Somalia.

‘I have met adults who are saying they have to forgo water. They can give their children some drinking water but there is not enough for themselves.’

At the same time, people are reeling from the knock-on effects of the drought. Measles and cholera outbreaks are impacting communities, and when combined with malnutrition, the health impacts are even worse.”

Read the full story on our site.

What you can do, currently.