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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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Asking for help key to surviving drought depression, western Queensland grazier says

09:19 EDT

A western Queensland grazier who has overcome depression says he will not allow the current drought to drag him back into the dark days of negative thinking.

Victoria experiencing 'mini-summer' as state braces for extreme fire conditions

07:31 EDT

The hot, dry weather experienced in Victoria so far this month is effectively a mini-summer, Victoria's fire services say.

Record Hunter cattle prices expected to defy seasonal conditions

07:14 EDT

Hunter cattle prices are expected to get higher, despite a predicted rise in numbers on the market in the coming weeks.