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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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Wintry week in Victoria

11:30 EST

Severe weather continues to batter Victoria today as bulging rivers overflow in the state's recently sodden northeast.

Climate change not the full story when it comes to above average winter temperatures

09:33 EST

Temperatures across southern Queensland and northern NSW have been up to 13 degrees Celsius above the August maximum on a number of days this week, and while climate change may the words on everyone's lips, it is not the whole story.

Damaging winds and flooding threaten South Australia

21:12 EST

It's going to be a windy 24 hours in South Australia as the second cold front of the week crosses the state's south.