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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Earthquake felt in Darwin

14:13 EST

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake located in the Banda Sea, near Indonesia, could be felt across Darwin on Monday afternoon.

South Australia's lowest temperature in seven years

08:32 EST

Getting out of bed on Monday morning was harder than usual in South Australia, with the state registering its lowest temperature since 2012.

Queensland graziers still counting costs of flood devastation

17:19 EST

The oars were missing and the rowboat had a hole in it but Ron Cook tied it to the verandah of the farmhouse and planned his escape.