Currently in Boston — December 19th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Dry weather takes us into Thursday

Sunshine returned for the second half of the weekend and Will continue into Wednesday. After that a storm system passing west of New England will bring a warm windswept rain to the area for Thursday night and Friday. Any hopes of a white Christmas are futile, as it's just not the year for it.

Temperatures will be seasonable the next several days reaching around 40°F each afternoon and falling to the 20s at night. Wednesday morning will be quite chilly with some areas in the upper teens. The rain will amount to 1 to 2 in. on Friday before dry and cold weather returns for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Dave Epstein

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 the 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.