Canberra Sea Temperature

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

Water temperature in Canberra right now

Below is the current sea temperature for Canberra, Australia on 7th February 2023.

22.56° C

(72.61° F)

  • yesterday: 23.09° C (73.56° F)
  • a week ago: 23.61° C (74.5° 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 Canberra on February 7th over the last 10 years is 22.3° C (72.14° F), with a low temperature of 20.92° C (69.66° F) and a high of 23.28° C (73.9° F).

Analysis and forecast for Canberra water temperatures

The water temperature in Canberra today is higher than the average temperature of 22.3° C (72.14° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 7th February 2022, was 22.55° C (72.59° F).

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

Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
February 7 22.56° C 72.61° F
February 6 23.09° C 73.56° F
February 6 23.09° C 73.56° F
February 5 22.97° C 73.35° F
February 4 23.06° C 73.51° F
February 3 23.33° C 73.99° F
February 2 23.8° C 74.84° F
February 1 23.7° C 74.66° F
January 31 23.61° C 74.5° F
January 30 23.69° C 74.64° F
January 29 23.72° C 74.7° F
January 28 23.59° C 74.46° F
January 27 23.15° C 73.67° F
January 26 23.06° C 73.51° F
January 25 23° C 73.4° F
January 24 22.57° C 72.63° F
January 23 22.22° C 72° F
January 22 22° C 71.6° F
January 21 21.63° C 70.93° F
January 20 21.51° C 70.72° F
January 19 21.35° C 70.43° F
January 18 21.32° C 70.38° F
January 17 21.19° C 70.14° F
January 16 21.05° C 69.89° F
January 15 20.85° C 69.53° F
January 14 20.41° C 68.74° F
January 13 20.49° C 68.88° F
January 12 20.17° C 68.31° F
January 11 19.88° C 67.78° F
January 10 19.78° C 67.6° 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 Canberra by month

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

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

Canberra map and nearby water temperatures

The highest temperature in Australia today is 31.63° C (88.94° F) in Gulf of Carpentaria. The lowest is in Bass Strait, where the temperature of the water is 17.8° C (64.05° F).

Why measure sea surface temperatures (SST) in Canberra?

The ocean covers about 71% of the Earth's surface, and scientists record the sea surface temperature (SST) of locations such as Canberra 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 Canberra 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 Canberra 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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