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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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Royal storms not unwelcome in Dubbo

14:35 EDT

Rain and thunderstorms that disrupted Meghan and Harry's royal visit to Dubbo on Wednesday weren't all bad news.

Rain brings some relief but adds to despair in parts of New South Wales

13:58 EDT

Spring rain has brought a sense of relief to some farmers in parts of New South Wales who have been battling drought conditions.

Rain returning to NSW in October

10:18 EDT

There has been a remarkable change in the weather across NSW during October, with some drought-weary areas of the state receiving their heaviest rain so far this year.