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Victoria 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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Dry spell will continue for the Top End

12:56 EDT

After a brief monsoonal burst of rain at the beginning of January for central parts of the Northern Territory, the Top End continues to miss out on the heavy falls.

Townsville drenched by intense rain event as thunderstorms hit Queensland city

10:58 EDT

A once-in-100-year rain event has pummelled Townsville in north Queensland, causing flash flooding that caught some motorists off-guard.

Dance 4 Drought raises more than $5,000 for Aussie Helpers

10:46 EDT

A youth committee from the mid-north coast of New South Wales has raised more than $5,000 for drought-affected farmers.