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.
Sub-zero conditions forced a Gippsland football match to be abandoned at the weekend, after four players were forced from the field with hypothermia.
Near-record warmth in northern Australia is coming to an end as cooler winds take temperatures back to the July norm.
Warm winter weather is causing worry for wine growers on southern Queensland's Granite Belt.