New South Wales/ACT 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.
Australia lived up to it's reputation yesterday, with a vast contrast in conditions across the states.
Australia lived up to it's name today, with a vast contrast in conditions across the states.
Another seven Queensland regions have been drought declared, including Townsville and the Burdekin region, which are in the usually wet areas of north Queensland.