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Australia Sea Surface Temperature

The sea surface temperature (SST) varies much more slowly than atmospheric temperatures due to the heat capacity of water. As such, the SSTs lag the atmospheric temperatures on a seasonal timescale by about 3 months. The lowest SSTs are usually observed in early Spring and the highest SSTs are observed in early Autumn.

In tropical regions, SSTs greater than 26°C are considered suitable for formation of tropical cyclones.

The data displayed in this map is the weekly average, centred on the date shown.

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11:18 EST

A western Queensland family has been overwhelmed by the generosity of a stranger who volunteered to help on a drought-stricken station.

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09:46 EST

Queensland forecasters have named Raquel as their first ever recorded July cyclone, which has formed this morning north of the Solomon Islands.

Vanuatu president's decision to leave country as Cyclone Pam approached criticised by Save the Children

09:34 EST

The decision by Vanuatu's president and senior disaster officials to fly to a conference in Japan as Cyclone Pam bore down on the Pacific nation in March made response efforts more difficult, aid group Save the Children says.