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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Hot weather on the horizon for Adelaide but don't call it a 'heatwave' — not yet

09:45 EDT

With several days of hot weather forecast for Adelaide next week, it might be tempting to call it a "heatwave", but what is a heatwave? Is it as simple as hot weather that hangs about for days on end? The short answer is no.

Australia could see hottest day on record next week as Perth heatwave conditions travel east

09:19 EDT

Australia could experience its hottest day on record next week as a hot air mass building in Western Australia makes its way east.

Severe storms ease in South-East Queensland

20:36 EDT

A number of severe storm cells that formed in South-East Queensland have eased but the Bureau of Meteorology has warned more were expected over the coming days.