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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Tasmanian dairy continues to grow amid challenging year for the national industry

15:26 EST

The dairy industry in Australia has struggled in recent years due to drought but Tasmania has bucked the trend with a record year for milk production.

Foggy start in Brisbane

09:51 EST

Thick fog shrouded Brisbane on Friday morning, prompting a road weather alert and reducing visibility to 200m in some areas.