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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16:51 EST

Severe weather warnings are in place across large parts of Tasmania, as strong winds and heavy rainfall batter the state.

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09:22 EST

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Windy weather prompts warnings across Australia

07:47 EST

A strong high pressure system and a cold front will produce blustery winds from Tasmania to the Top End on Tuesday.