Currently in Melbourne — September 13th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 13th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Cold and mostly cloudy start to our day

You thought bath season was over, didn’t you? Perhaps not. An overnight low of 6°C brings with it a frost warning overnight for the North East, Central and East Gippsland districts. In Melbourne it will be a cold, and mostly cloudy start to the day. Our Tuesday top of 14°C will arrive by mid-afternoon, bringing with it the chance of a bit of sunshine. But showers are possible throughout the day, so be prepared. And Tuesday night into Wednesday morning is set to be an even colder 4°C. Brrr.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

Wildfires are raging across the west coast from California to British Columbia, as summers continue to grow hotter and drier. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 93 active and large wildland fires have scorched almost 728,000 acres, the majority of them in northwestern states.

There are 11 major wildfires burning across California, including the Mosquito and Fairview fires, amid record rainfall and extreme heat. The Mosquito Fire has consumed over 41,000 acres and is 10 percent contained, while the Fairview Fire has consumed over 28,000 acres and is 53 percent contained. The remnants of Tropical Storm Kay helped firefighters ease the flames and deep-seated heat with its moisture and scattered showers.

However, both fires have destroyed homes and choked the air with thick smoke and pollution. Wildfires in Canada and the United States also led to dangerous air quality levels in British Columbia. By Tuesday, the smoke is supposed to start clearing near the coast and then inland.

To learn more, read the full story here on our website: Wildfires rage across the West Coast from California to British Columbia.

For information on wildfire safety, read our explainer here.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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