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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.

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More snow on the way

15:30 EST

Snowfall over the past weekend is likely going to be topped up over the next few days as a weak cold front crosses the southeast.

Canberra man and his dog saved in overnight blizzarding mountain rescue

15:29 EST

A man and his dog, who were rescued in the midst of a blizzard in the Brindabella Ranges last night, were saved thanks to an emergency app and a game of Marco Polo.

Drought assistance to be dramatically ramped up by Turnbull Government

15:16 EST

In an admission of the size and scope of the current drought crisis gripping parts of the nation, the Federal Government has announced a significant increase in the funding available for struggling communities.