Current conditions on the Reef

Each summer, we assess the health of reefs, as this part of the year poses a greater risk of extreme weather, particularly heat waves, cyclones and flooding.

While conditions remained neutral throughout the summer, the Bureau of Meteorology remained on watch for the development of El Niño conditions.

El Niño refers to the situation when sea surface temperatures in the central to eastern Pacific Ocean are significantly warmer than normal. On 12 May 2015 the Bureau announced the tropical Pacific was in the early stages of El Niño.

Latest overview of current conditions

A short summary of current conditions out on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Latest detailed observed forecast and environmental conditions

Detailed information on sea surface temperature, tropical cyclones, rainfall levels and flood plumes to date.

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Eye on the Reef program

Eye on the Reef is a monitoring program that enables anyone who visits the Reef to contribute to its long-term protection.

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eReefs water quality dashboard

The Bureau of Meteorology's marine water quality dashboard enables access to a range of water quality indicators for the Reef, using near real-time data.

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