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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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Alice Springs the calm centre of Australia's wild weekend weather

13:15 EDT

With wild weather having erupted across the margins of the continent over the weekend, the interior of Australia was pleasantly devoid of significant weather.

Sydney storms: 12,000 insurance claims lodged from hailstorm, $31 million in damages

10:53 EDT

More than 12,000 insurance claims have already been lodged with damages at an estimated $31 million following the .

Cyclone Alfred forms in Gulf of Carpentaria, BOM warns of damaging winds, rain

09:57 EDT

A category one cyclone has formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria but is due to weaken before heading towards the Northern Territory coast.