Currently in Toronto — December 19th, 2022

Variable skies and seasonal

The weather, currently.

The start of the week will be relatively quiet. Be sure to take advantage of it for the last-minute holiday rush, as we have might have some very active weather for Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow morning will start under partly cloudy skies with a wake-up temperature near -2°C, feeling like -9°C with the wind chill. Variable cloudiness though much of the day, which means there will certainly be some sunshine, though there is also a risk of a few lake effect flurries. The wind will be from the west-northwest at 20-40km/h. The high is 1°C, but dress for a windchill near -5°C.

Monday night: cloudy periods with a low of -4°C, feeling like -10°C.

Side Note: I am actively watching the development of a major storm system that will deliver bitter cold, snow, rain, and very strong winds starting on Thursday. Of course, we are many days away and things can change, but for now, it does appear travel will be impacted. It would be a good idea to plan for it.

Anwar Knight

What you need to know, currently.

Worst drought on record continues to ravage the Horn of Africa
Five failed rainy seasons have devastated the Horn of Africa — the worst drought on record.

Currently’s staff reporter, Anna Abraham, has a piece up about drought that continues to devastate the east African region. The drought is the longest and most severe drought on record, and after five consecutive failed rainy seasons, experts predict the next rain period will also fail.

“Water has become a precious commodity, with about 23 million people facing daily household water insecurity. This leaves them more vulnerable to water-borne diseases. It also forces women and children to travel long distances to fetch water, often exposing them to violence on their journeys.

‘The only thing people are praying for now is a little bit of rain,’ said Walter Mawere, the Communications and Advocacy Coordinator from CARE Somalia.

‘I have met adults who are saying they have to forgo water. They can give their children some drinking water but there is not enough for themselves.’

At the same time, people are reeling from the knock-on effects of the drought. Measles and cholera outbreaks are impacting communities, and when combined with malnutrition, the health impacts are even worse.”

Read the full story on our site.

What you can do, currently.