Currently in Melbourne — January 4th, 2023

Currently in Melbourne — January 4th, 2023
Cloudy and a wee bit blustery today.

The weather, currently.

Cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers.

Today will be cloudy with a medium chance of showers in the afternoon. The early morning low of 13˚C will climb to a maximum of 20˚C, bringing with it a very high UV rating of 10 and a moderate fire danger rating. Winds will be south to south westerly from 25 to 35 km/h. Things start to warm up again for tomorrow, so enjoy the cool break today.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

At least seven countries in Europe experienced their warmest January on record on New Year’s Day in a historic winter warmth.

Temperatures in Latvia soared to 52 degrees F (11.1 degrees C); Denmark 54.7 degrees (12.6 degrees C); Lithuania 58.3 degrees F (14.6 degrees C); Belarus 61.5 degrees F (16.4 degrees C); the Netherlands 62.4 degrees F (16.9 degrees C); Poland 66.2 degrees F (19 degrees C); and the Czech Republic 67.3 degrees F (19.6 degrees C), breaking records as the new year approached.

This warm spell came after a record-warm year in many parts of Europe—including in the U.K., Switzerland, and Germany—due to the increased frequency and severity of human-caused extreme weather and climate change.

Extreme heat washed over Europe in waves throughout the years, and became more intense during the summer drought, pushing U.K. temperatures to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) for the first time on record in July.

Cooler temperatures could surface mid-January.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.