Australia Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

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The sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) is the difference between the observed SST and the climatological SST. These anomalies are calculated on a weekly basis.

Positive SSTAs are usually correlated with increased regions of convection (cloudiness and rainfall) while negative SSTAs are usually correlated to reduced convection.

SSTAs can be used as an indicator of the phase of global climate fluctuations, such as the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.

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Fire and strong wind warnings still in place as a heatwave conditions ease across south-eastern states

18:32 EDT

Sweltering conditions have eased in Melbourne and much of South Australia, but a cool change "cannot come fast enough" for parts of south-east Australia still facing fire danger and soaring temperatures.

BOM monitors potential tropical cyclone as Queenslanders prepare to swelter and soak through Australia Day

17:10 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is monitoring a low in the Gulf of Carpentaria that , with forecasters also expecting a mixed bag for Queensland's weather this Australia Day.

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