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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Wild Weather this Easter for New Zealand

14:42 EST

A cold front and low-pressure duo are currently battering central New Zealand, with heavy rain and lightning strikes set to continue through this evening.

Easter Monday rain for drought-weary NW NSW and SW QLD

08:36 EST

Some much needed rainfall is on the way for far northwestern parts of New South Wales and southwest Queensland.

Temperatures soar in Adelaide for second day ahead of imminent cold front

14:47 EST

As large parts of South Australia swelter through yet another day of above 30-degree heat, it is hard to believe that temperatures are expected to plummet into Easter Sunday by as much as 15 degrees.