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.
Australia's 2016/17 Tropical Cyclone season officially begins on Tuesday next week.
Researchers at a Cyclone Testing Station in north Queensland have been busy creating smashed avocado, and it is not the type that goes on toast.
Parts of western and southern New South Wales are still underwater, despite rain easing across most of the state in recent weeks.