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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Great looking week ahead for snow resorts

14:12 EST

A mix of sunny and warmer than average days and cold, snowy days will greet skiers and snowboarders at the resorts this week.

QLD forecast summary

12:22 EST

A weak low pressure trough will clip the southeast of Queensland tomorrow, although unlikely to generate any significant rain, with only a few isolated showers expected and mainly coastal.

Menindee jujube and grape growers halt season, while citrus hangs on amid drought and poor water conditions

08:19 EST

Tony Lombardo and his brother Charlie have been growing fruit and vegetables on their land in Menindee for decades.