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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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Some welcome rain on the way for central Queensland and New South Wales

12:58 EST

A somewhat unseasonal trough will form over Australia's eastern interior during the coming days, producing rain for some areas suffering from severe rainfall deficiencies.

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12:19 EST

This year's flood event at Lake Eyre hasn't just delivered a spectacular natural wonder, it has also brought new life to Central Australia and a crucial economic boost to remote businesses.

A look to the weeks snow potential

12:13 EST

Blue skies reign over Australia's southeast at the moment, but will we see more snow soon? It's been a beautiful weekend on the slopes with mostly clear blue skies and some pretty wintry temperatures, but when is snow expected to fall again over the Australia's ski resorts? With high pressure remaining over the southeast to start the working week it will be more of the same with further glorious blue skies and temperatures cooling a touch more.