Currently in Melbourne - November 17, 2022

The weather, currently.

Morning chance of showers. Maximum temperature of 17

For the rest of Thursday, Melbourne will have a 50% chance of showers which will become less likely in the early afternoon. For Friday, an area of high pressure will cause brisk winds to ease and most showers to clear Victoria. A chance of fog will build about the nearby hills in the early morning and minimum temperatures will be about 8 degrees around sunrise. By the afternoon, the maximum temperature will be 23C with sunny skies.

—Megan Montero filling in for Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, will be on the ground all week, interviewing activists and attendees at COP27. Follow along on in your inbox and on Twitter.

California Wildfires

The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season are fueling wildfires across Southern California. A fire in Fontana was spurred by these winds Tuesday night. Just last week, wet and chilly winter weather seemed to bring fire season to a close. November, however, had other plans. The Santa Ana winds are forecasted to subside Wednesday evening.

According to Currently’s chief meteorologist Megan Montero, “A large difference in pressure across the Great Basin and California will lead to strong Santa Ana winds in southern California through Wednesday evening.”

High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories have been issued for the Transverse Ranges until Wednesday night. Wind speeds as high as 105 MPH were reported in Los Angeles County.

Climate change has made states like California vulnerable to wildfires almost all year.

Californians should be cautious with ignition sources while we wait for the winds to die down.

For more wildfire safety tips check out our Wildfire Explainer.

What you can do, currently.