Australia 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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Driving in heatwaves: Why the temperature on your car dashboard is different to BOM

06:01 EDT

Most Australians know the feeling of opening the car door after it has been parked in the sun on a hot day, and the rush of heat that smacks you in the face.

High temperatures and increased fire danger forecast for all of Victoria until Sunday

05:21 EDT

A heatwave moving towards Victoria from Western Australia will see temperatures rise across the state ahead of increasing fire danger on Friday.

Flooding rain continues in Queensland

14:22 EDT

Rain and thunderstorms have continued to soak northern Queensland during the last 24 hours, with central Australia next in line.