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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Fires to fizzle thanks to biggest rain in months

16:39 AEST The biggest rain in months due to scatter across parts of Queensland and New South Wales later this week will be far from drought breaking, but it will improve air quality, help shrink bushfires and reduce fire danger for weeks to come.

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