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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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South Australia to swelter as hot spell heats up Labor Day holiday; fire danger alerts issued

08:42 EDT

As South Australia continues to heat up in unseasonably hot weather, the Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued an extreme fire danger rating for the Mount Lofty Ranges and the state's lower south-east.

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

08:32 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.

Hunter residents sweat through record warm spell

07:26 EDT

Hunter residents have had their first real taste of summer, with Newcastle recording its longest October warm spell on record.