The weather, currently.
Last night’s overnight low of 9°C, accompanied by wild winds, storms, and rain, has set the scene for more of the same today. The top will be a miserable 14°C on this partly cloudy day, with showers increasing in the afternoon and early evening. There is a chance of more thunderstorms and small hail as well. Winds will range from 25 to a very gusty 50 km/h, tending north-westerly to south-westerly, with gale warnings for the Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, and the West, Central, Central Gippsland, and East Gippsland Costs, as well as a severe weather warning across almost the entire state. Winds are expected to average between 50 to 70 km/h, with peak gusts of 110 km/h in coastal, bayside, and elevated regions. With soils sodden from recent rains, there is an elevated risk of trees and powerlines falling. Moderate flood warnings are in place for the Yarra and Watts Rivers. Batten down the hatches and stay safe.
— Megan Herbert
What you need to know, currently.
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Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, was in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, covering COP27 — the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, all week.
Read Anna’s story about the establishment of the loss and damage fund, a historic win for countries hit hardest by climate change:
“With the United Nations COP27 climate summit running late into the weekend, many were unhopeful for a substantive outcome from the climate talks. And while numerous commitments and pledges failed to impress, a certain victory is the establishment of a loss and damage fund.
The issue of loss and damage finance, to provide aid to vulnerable countries facing irreversible climate impacts, has been the most hotly debated topic since COP26 in Glasgow. The talks didn’t seem to be making much-needed progress, with the U.S. and China blocking the issue.
Wealthy nations have worked long and hard to avoid the issue of loss and damage. John Kerry, the US climate envoy, said in previous public statements that ‘loss and damage’ is not the same as climate reparations. However, in quite a dramatic intervention, on Friday, the European Union agreed to finance a loss and damage fund putting pressure on the U.S. and China.”