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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.

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Cold weather: If you're shivering, spare a thought for these cows

23:49 EST

Australia's east coast is shivering through a cold snap this weekend, with cooler temperatures set to remain in some cities into next week.

NSW cold snap: temperatures plummet as parts of the state blanketed in frost

14:02 EST

New South Wales has been gripped by freezing conditions with some parts of the state dipping below -10 degrees Celsius and others experiencing their coldest temperatures in decades.

Farmers across New South Wales dealing with dry winter, ballooning hay and feed prices

13:08 EST

Farmers across New South Wales are being forced to freight in hay from hundreds of kilometres away and sell off stock, as the wait for rain drags on.