Australia Sea Surface Temperature
The sea surface temperature (SST) varies much more slowly than atmospheric temperatures due to the heat capacity of water. As such, the SSTs lag the atmospheric temperatures on a seasonal timescale by about 3 months. The lowest SSTs are usually observed in early Spring and the highest SSTs are observed in early Autumn.
In tropical regions, SSTs greater than 26°C are considered suitable for formation of tropical cyclones.
The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.
Upper Hunter farmers are concerned a spike in warm weather across the region could take its toll on crop yields.
After a four-day run of exceptional early-season heat across Sydney, commuters will be greeted with a cool blast when they step out of the door this morning.
Cooler weather conditions have slowed a bushfire burning through bushland on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.