Conditions are currently hot and dry across the Great Barrier Reef catchment and are likely to remain so well into January.
Over the past few days, a low intensity heat wave has been affecting most of Cape York Peninsula.
Sea surface temperatures in the inshore areas of the far northern Marine Park are slightly above average and the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has placed this area on bleaching watch, along with parts of the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Sea surface temperatures are also slightly warmer than average in the inshore areas of the southern Marine Park however there is currently no bleaching watch for this area.
Who is NOAA:
USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. NOAA guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to provide understanding and improve stewardship of the environment.