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 26th May 2022.

28.58° C

(83.44° F)

  • yesterday: 28.7° C (83.65° F)
  • a week ago: 30.03° C (86.05° 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 26th over the last 10 years is 28.19° C (82.75° F), with a low temperature of 26.76° C (80.17° F) and a high of 29.75° C (85.55° F).

Analysis and forecast for Darwin water temperatures

The water temperature in Darwin today is higher than the average temperature of 28.19° C (82.75° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 26th May 2021, was 28.52° C (83.34° 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 26 28.58° C 83.44° F
May 25 28.7° C 83.65° F
May 24 29.83° C 85.69° F
May 23 29.83° C 85.69° F
May 22 30.07° C 86.13° F
May 21 30.03° C 86.05° F
May 20 29.91° C 85.84° F
May 19 30.03° C 86.05° F
May 18 30.07° C 86.13° F
May 17 30° C 86° F
May 16 30.22° C 86.4° F
May 15 30.17° C 86.31° F
May 14 30.16° C 86.29° F
May 13 30.03° C 86.05° F
May 12 30.03° C 86.05° F
May 11 30.01° C 86.02° F
May 10 30.12° C 86.22° F
May 9 30.21° C 86.38° F
May 8 30.35° C 86.63° F
May 7 30.48° C 86.86° F
May 6 30.49° C 86.88° F
May 5 30.54° C 86.97° F
May 4 30.6° C 87.08° F
May 3 30.71° C 87.28° F
May 2 30.71° C 87.28° F
May 1 30.61° C 87.1° F
April 30 30.51° C 86.92° F
April 29 30.5° C 86.9° F
April 28 30.41° C 86.74° F
April 27 30.3° C 86.54° 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 28.93° C (84.07° F) in Weipa. The lowest is in Austins Ferry, where the temperature of the water is 14.06° C (57.3° 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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