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 31st May 2023.

29.06° C

(84.31° F)

  • yesterday: 29.39° C (84.9° F)
  • a week ago: 26.71° C (80.08° F)

This water temperature is comparable to that of a swimming pool, but it might be higher than most open water swimmers prefer for serious swimming. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after swimming and don't wear a wetsuit to avoid overheating.

The average sea temperature for Darwin on May 31st over the last 10 years is 28° C (82.4° F), with a low temperature of 25.7° C (78.26° F) and a high of 29.77° C (85.59° F).

Analysis and forecast for Darwin water temperatures

The water temperature in Darwin today is higher than the average temperature of 28° C (82.4° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 31st May 2022, was 29.16° C (84.49° F).

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

Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
May 31 29.06° C 84.31° F
May 30 29.39° C 84.9° F
May 29 26.77° C 80.19° F
May 28 27.08° C 80.74° F
May 27 26.86° C 80.35° F
May 26 26.97° C 80.55° F
May 25 26.71° C 80.08° F
May 24 26.71° C 80.08° F
May 23 26.81° C 80.26° F
May 22 26.63° C 79.93° F
May 21 26.79° C 80.22° F
May 20 27.32° C 81.18° F
May 19 27.45° C 81.41° F
May 18 27.69° C 81.84° F
May 17 27.92° C 82.26° F
May 16 28.02° C 82.44° F
May 15 28.03° C 82.45° F
May 14 28.09° C 82.56° F
May 13 28.17° C 82.71° F
May 12 28.6° C 83.48° F
May 11 28.53° C 83.35° F
May 10 28.65° C 83.57° F
May 9 28.87° C 83.97° F
May 8 29.16° C 84.49° F
May 7 29.32° C 84.78° F
May 6 29.37° C 84.87° F
May 5 29.27° C 84.69° F
May 4 29.21° C 84.58° F
May 3 29.22° C 84.6° F
May 2 29.35° C 84.83° F
May 1 29.51° C 85.12° 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 29.6° C (85.28° F) in Darwin. The lowest is in Austins Ferry, where the temperature of the water is 14.14° C (57.45° 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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