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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Smell of smoke across Adelaide CBD and suburbs blamed on burn-off in hills

23:22 EST

Residents across parts of Adelaide have awoken to the smell of smoke, with a burn-off in the Adelaide Hills believed to be the cause.

Soggy week ahead for parts of QLD

13:41 EST

A moisture laden trough will linger across northern and eastern Queensland through the week to come, resulting in large rainfall accumulations.

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