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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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Cold start to the school term in NSW

16:25 EST

Although it will mostly be a pupil-free day for the majority of schools in the state, school staff across NSW will be going to work in the biting cold.

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14:38 EST

NSW Upper Hunter farmer David Wicks is struggling through the worst drought in living memory, but a stranger in the city that googled his name has given him hope.

Another wet week for Tasmania

12:33 EST

With frequent frontal systems running across the nations south over the coming week, it looks to be another wet week for Tasmania's west and north.