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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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Con-front-ing conditions for SA, VIC and NSW

16:18 EST

A gusty cold front has brought gusty winds and showers to southern SA, western VIC and southern NSW.

Weather bureau forecasting early start to northern Australia's wet season

15:46 EST

Northern Australia has an above average chance of experiencing an early start to the wet season according to data released today by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Capital City Election Day Weather Promises

14:15 EST

It's going to be a mixed bag of weather around the country on Saturday as voters head out to decide who next we can make fun of in cartoons, watch being interviewed on a brisk dawn walk, or hear them say 'jobs and growth' again and again.