Currently in Melbourne — November 8th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — November 8th, 2022
The UV index and pollen count are high.

The weather, currently.

Mostly sunny, with a slight chance of showers.

Mostly sunny today, with only the slimmest chance of a shower in the late afternoon or early evening... which might bring a thunderstorm along with it. Otherwise, it's a sunny day! Mostly. And warm. Definitely. A whole 27°C in fact. Light winds will tend northerly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day before becoming light in the early afternoon. The UV index will be high at level 8, and the pollen index will be high too, bringing with it the risk of thunderstorm asthma. Thunderstorm asthma can affect anyone but is mostly likely to affect adults who are sensitive to grass pollen (particularly rye grass pollen) and have seasonal hay fever. If a thunderstorm is approaching on a high pollen count day, it is a good idea to stay inside, especially when it is windy just before the rain arrives.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for Florida’s east coast — from the Brevard-Volusia county line, south to Hallandale Beach — as subtropical storm Nicole developed Monday morning in the Atlantic Ocean. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for northeastern Florida, southeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

The storm is expected to become a hurricane by 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, before it comes to Florida’s west coast, hitting the Bahamas on its way. The storm’s magnitude is still uncertain.

“The main difference between a tropical and subtropical storm is not in the winds that they generate, but that a tropical storm tends to generate more rain,” says Currently’s Chief Meteorologist, Megan Montero.

There will be heavy rainfall through Thursday across the Florida peninsula, as well as flash and urban flooding. Dangerous storm surge is also possible across the northwestern Bahamas, the east coast of Florida and areas of coastal Georgia, according to Montero.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted at least four more hurricanes will form before the season officially ends on Nov. 30. The next named storm to form would be Owen.

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What you can do, currently.