Tasmania 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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16:43 EST

A wet start to the week did little to boost the Sydney's water storage levels, according to a report released by Water NSW on Thursday.

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14:21 EST

A large bushfire is continuing to burn on North Stradbroke Island, off Brisbane, ahead of an expected influx of school holiday visitors.

Early season fire weather hits South Australia

12:58 EST

Parts of South Australia are experiencing their most intense September fire weather in more than a decade on Thursday.