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Global Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

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climate indicator

The sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) is the difference between the observed SST and the climatological SST. These anomalies are calculated on a weekly basis.

Positive SSTAs are usually correlated with increased regions of convection (cloudiness and rainfall) while negative SSTAs are usually correlated to reduced convection.

SSTAs can be used as an indicator of the phase of global climate fluctuations, such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.

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Warming up in Canberra

16:35 EDT

Summer has taken a while to get going in Canberra this year but the nation's capital will get its fair share of heat during the next week.

Heatwave breaking cool start to summer in southern Australia

12:40 EDT

Summer started out on a cool note for much of southern Australia, although a countrywide heat wave will send temperatures soaring this week.

Mid-week heat for the southeast

13:45 EDT

A very hot airmass will gradually approach from the northwest over the coming days, blanketing the southeast in very hot temperatures.