Australia Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies
The sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) is the difference between the observed SST and the climatological SST. These anomalies are calculated on a weekly basis.
Positive SSTAs are usually correlated with increased regions of convection (cloudiness and rainfall) while negative SSTAs are usually correlated to reduced convection.
SSTAs can be used as an indicator of the phase of global climate fluctuations, such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.
The Climate Council has warned that warmer global temperatures could have a severe impact on Queensland with more storm surges and intense cyclone activity likely.
Record-breaking rain is causing flooding over parts of Western Australia this week, while parched Perth misses out once again.
As temperatures push above 35 degrees along the east coast, what does the extreme heat do to tyres driving on hot, often bubbling roads? Bitumen absorbs the summer heat, often making road surfaces more than 20 degrees hotter than air temperatures.