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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Tornado in Brisbane

12:44 EDT

An intense severe thunderstorm caused a tornado in Brisbane on Friday morning.

After 263 days of lockdown, Melbourne's heading for 26.3 glorious degrees (give or take)

12:08 EDT

Congrats Melbourne, you made it through 263 days of lockdown (across six separate lockdowns) and there's every chance that your maximum temperature today could also have the numbers 2, 6 & 3 in it – as in 26.3°C.

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