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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Destructive storms rumble across south-east Queensland, leaving thousands without power

19:23 EDT

Severe thunderstorms have moved across parts of south-east Queensland bringing down powerlines and trees.

Canberra hailstorm damages valuable research as record number of emergency calls lodged

17:18 EDT

The destructive hailstorm that tore through the national capital damaging cars and property yesterday has been labelled a "catastrophe".

Canberra's hailstorm followed a horror bushfire season, but it's unlikely they're related

16:14 EDT

Yesterday Canberra was thrashed by a hailstorm that lasted little more than 10 minutes.