Victoria 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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Mass baby bat deaths threatening the future of forests as effects of drought and bushfires mount

10:27 EDT

Baby bats are being left for dead by their mothers in their thousands on the New South Wales coast in an 'abandonment event' as drought and bushfire remove crucial vegetation for the keystone species.

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hit by very dangerous storms, BOM warns of flash flooding

09:40 EDT

Severe storms have swept across South-East Queensland, dropping giant hail near Gympie and dumping 76 millimetres of rain on the Gold Coast in half an hour.

Australia will be sweltering next week, but Tasmania will be spared (mostly)

09:36 EDT

, but the same wind system that could push mainland states into record territory will have an entirely different effect on Tasmania.