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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Wintry weather on the horizon for southeastern Australia

12:05 EDT

Rain, thunderstorms, damaging winds, snow and hail could all affect southeastern Australia during the second half of this week.

Wetter autumn ahead for western and southern Australia

12:53 EDT

Active northwest cloud bands may bring above average rainfall over the next few months across large areas of western and southern Australia.

Windy and wet in Victoria as thunderstorms develop

12:43 EDT

A trough and front currently moving across southern parts of the country should trigger showers and thunderstorms, with some storms in parts of Victoria likely to be severe.