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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Satellite images detect waves in the sky

19:10 EDT

A phenomenon known as atmospheric gravity waves was detected in a sequence of satellite images off the northern coast of Western Australia this week.

David Littleproud labels release of water storage images 'premature and incorrect'

15:56 EDT

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) will be investigated over the during a pumping embargo in parts of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Spring wind and warmth to raise fire danger in several states

12:56 EDT

A burst of hot and windy weather will cause a spike in fire danger ratings across parts of southern and eastern Australia later this week.