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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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Winter is coming: Perth's long summer to hit a wet and windy end

16:51 EST

A glorious, warm late-autumn weekend may have lulled many Perth residents into thinking the summer may never end, but it's time to reach for a brolly because the sunny, dry weather is about to come to a sudden halt.

High pressure systems: everything you need to know

16:31 EST

There's been lots of talk about high pressure systems in Australia during the last week and this discussion looks set to continue well into the end of May, possibly longer.

End in sight for Perth warm spell

11:31 EST

Perth's run of unseasonably warm and dry weather will come to an end on Friday when a powerful cold front crosses the southwest corner of Western Australia.