Darwin Sea Temperature

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

Water temperature in Darwin right now

Below is the current sea temperature for Darwin, Australia on 8th December 2021.

31.21° C

(88.19° F)

  • yesterday: 31.19° C (88.15° F)
  • a week ago: 31.26° C (88.27° F)

Water at this temperature is very warm and you should look to bathe only. Avoid any kind of strenuous swimming as there is a real risk of heat stroke at this temperature.

The average sea temperature for Darwin on December 8th over the last 10 years is 31.08° C (87.94° F), with a low temperature of 30.34° C (86.61° F) and a high of 31.84° C (89.31° F).

Analysis and forecast for Darwin water temperatures

The water temperature in Darwin today is higher than the average temperature of 31.08° C (87.94° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 8th December 2020, was 31.23° C (88.21° F).

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

Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
December 8 31.21° C 88.19° F
December 7 31.19° C 88.15° F
December 6 31.27° C 88.29° F
December 5 30.84° C 87.51° F
December 4 31.33° C 88.39° F
December 3 31.5° C 88.7° F
December 2 30.68° C 87.22° F
December 1 31.26° C 88.27° F
November 30 31.37° C 88.47° F
November 29 31.51° C 88.72° F
November 28 31.53° C 88.75° F
November 27 31.55° C 88.79° F
November 26 31.53° C 88.75° F
November 25 31.39° C 88.5° F
November 24 31.19° C 88.14° F
November 23 31.34° C 88.41° F
November 22 31.33° C 88.39° F
November 21 31.32° C 88.38° F
November 20 31.19° C 88.14° F
November 19 31.12° C 88.02° F
November 18 31.22° C 88.2° F
November 17 31.23° C 88.21° F
November 16 31.16° C 88.09° F
November 15 31.12° C 88.02° F
November 14 30.92° C 87.66° F
November 13 31° C 87.8° F
November 12 30.73° C 87.31° F
November 11 30.8° C 87.44° F
November 10 30.88° C 87.58° F
November 9 31.22° C 88.2° F
November 8 30.96° C 87.73° 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 Darwin by month

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

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

Darwin map and nearby water temperatures

Locations near Darwin

The highest temperature in Australia today is 31.74° C (89.14° F) in Stuart Park. The lowest is in Blackmans Bay, where the temperature of the water is 13.36° C (56.06° F).

Why measure sea surface temperatures (SST) in Darwin?

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