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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Working dogs find refuge in the city as drought-affected farmers surrender them

06:25 EDT

As farmers continue to feel the ongoing affects of drought, many are having to give their beloved four-legged mates away but luckily their city neighbours are stepping up to help.

Piggery closes on Atherton Tableland amid spiralling grain costs, imported pork, in 'sign of the times'

14:46 EDT

George Greenwood cuts a forlorn figure as he walks through the empty stalls of his once-thriving piggery.

Storms to strike NSW and Queensland

12:54 EDT

Severe thunderstorms are possible in parts of Queensland and NSW during the next two days.