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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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Drought-affected farmers 'choosing which child to remove from boarding schools' due to hardship

06:14 EDT

Parents of children in drought-affected areas are having to decide which of their kids to remove from boarding schools due to not being able to afford school fees, the head of a national rural group says.

Dry and windy conditions have potential to generate dust storms across NSW

06:09 EDT

A dust storm could form over the next few days that could impact Canberra and Sydney, and it could rival a dust storm that hit Sydney in 2009, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

How do people living in the tropics stand the hot, humid climate?

16:08 EDT

It's a Saturday morning in mid-November at Darwin's Parap Markets.