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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Monstrous waves recorded off Sydney coast

20:42 EST

An large and powerful swell hit the NSW coast on Thursday, with maximum wave heights exceeding 13 meters near Sydney.

The Hawks and the Giants played AFL in the snow, but was it the first time ever?

12:53 EST

The locals came prepared; the visitors did not.

Waves building after windy night in southeastern Australia

09:36 EST

Surf is building along the NSW coast this morning after wild winds lashed parts of southeastern Australia overnight.