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Downpours in eastern Australia this year have been good for crops and some dams. But when it comes to drought, Australia is not out of the woods yet.
Lagos is vulnerable to heavy storms but the impact can be mitigated with better preparation.
Autumn may bring wetter-than-average conditions in parts of southern Australia, indicating a gradual easing of the drought in some areas.
The recent storms provide a grim reminder of the prospect of future tropical cyclones in a region under continued threat from climate change.
As the planet warms, the amount of moisture in the atmosphere is increasing. This will cause a lot more heavy rainfall, even in areas that are becoming drier.