Brisbane Sea Temperature

Looking to find out what the sea water temperature in Brisbane is for today and the next few days? Below are data and charts that will give you information about sea temperatures in Brisbane and nearby locations.

Water temperature in Brisbane right now

Below is the current sea temperature for Brisbane, Australia on 28th May 2023.

21.81° C

(71.26° F)

  • yesterday: 22.26° C (72.07° F)
  • a week ago: 19.1° C (66.38° F)

Water at this temperature is very pleasant to swim in and if you tend to wear a wetsuit when swimming, you might consider removing it now to avoid the body overheating.

The average sea temperature for Brisbane on May 28th over the last 10 years is 21.54° C (70.77° F), with a low temperature of 20.43° C (68.77° F) and a high of 22.36° C (72.25° F).

Analysis and forecast for Brisbane water temperatures

The water temperature in Brisbane today is higher than the average temperature of 21.54° C (70.77° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 28th May 2022, was 22° C (71.6° F).

The chart and table below shows the change in water temperature in Brisbane over the last 30 days:

Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
May 28 21.81° C 71.26° F
May 27 22.26° C 72.07° F
May 26 19.24° C 66.63° F
May 25 19.26° C 66.67° F
May 24 19.26° C 66.67° F
May 23 19.19° C 66.54° F
May 22 18.99° C 66.18° F
May 21 19.1° C 66.38° F
May 20 19.41° C 66.94° F
May 19 19.56° C 67.21° F
May 18 19.91° C 67.84° F
May 17 20.11° C 68.2° F
May 16 20.28° C 68.5° F
May 15 20.81° C 69.46° F
May 14 20.4° C 68.72° F
May 13 20.38° C 68.68° F
May 12 20.57° C 69.03° F
May 11 20.47° C 68.85° F
May 10 20.38° C 68.68° F
May 9 20.52° C 68.94° F
May 8 20.91° C 69.64° F
May 7 21.3° C 70.34° F
May 6 21.47° C 70.65° F
May 5 21.51° C 70.72° F
May 4 21.6° C 70.88° F
May 3 21.72° C 71.1° F
May 2 22.02° C 71.64° F
May 1 22.15° C 71.87° F
April 30 22.21° C 71.98° F
April 29 22.12° C 71.82° F
April 28 22.18° C 71.92° F

The actual nearshore temperatures may vary by several degrees and this can also be heavily affected by weather. Strong winds can cause cold, deep waters to replace the surface waters that had been warmed by the sun, and heavy rain can also reduce the temperature of the sea surface temperature as well.

Water temperature in Brisbane by month

The chart below shows the monthly average water temperature in Brisbane.

For more detailed information on how the sea temperature in Brisbane changes for each month of the year, choose from the months below.

Brisbane map and nearby water temperatures

Locations near Brisbane

The highest temperature in Australia today is 29.75° C (85.56° F) in Darwin. The lowest is in Austins Ferry, where the temperature of the water is 14° C (57.21° F).

Why measure sea surface temperatures (SST) in Brisbane?

The ocean covers about 71% of the Earth's surface, and scientists record the sea surface temperature (SST) of locations such as Brisbane because they want to understand and learn how the ocean communicates with the atomosphere of Earth.

SST is one measure that provides information on the global climate, and it can be used to predict the weather in Brisbane as well as atmospheric model simulations and to study marine ecosystems in the area.

Data source and citation

Raw data for the calculations made to find the sea surface temperature in Brisbane comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their 1/4° daily Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature.

The water temperature data is constructed by combining observations from different platforms (satellites, ships, buoys, and Argo floats) on a regular global grid. A spatially complete sea surface temperature map is then built by interpolating to fill in gaps in the data.

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