South 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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Severe weather week ahead for parts of SA

14:43 EST

A low and cold front will generate powerful winds, rain and storms as it marches across southern SA this week.

Wintry blast impacting WA

13:31 EST

A pre-frontal trough, supplied by a stream of moist air from the Indian Ocean, has deposited appreciable rainfall over southwestern WA.