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Northern Territory 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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WA farmers warned recent heavy rain could cause worm infestations in sheep

18:18 EDT

Sheep producers across WA have been urged to monitor signs of increased worm burden in their flocks, following unseasonal downpours across large parts of the state earlier this month.

End in sight for Adelaide's string of wet seasons

16:05 EDT

Adelaide's rainy run that has spanned the last five seasons may come to an end in autumn.

Southeast Queensland's hot and dry summer

12:38 EDT

The southeast corner of Queensland will enter autumn longing for rain and cooler temperatures after enduring its hottest summer on record.