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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Tropical Cyclone Oma could still directly impact us, here's what you need to know

20:08 EDT

We're being warned Tropical Cyclone Oma will be close enough in the coming days to produce direct impacts along the Queensland and New South Wales coast.

The responsibility and privilege of covering the Townsville floods

19:29 EDT

As people in North Queensland continue to deal with the impact of extreme flooding, ABC News reporter Allyson Horn, Townsville-based broadcaster Patrick Hession and radio producer Chloe Chomicki explain what was involved in covering the disaster and keeping the community informed.

Cyclone Oma to bring gale-force winds but may not cross Queensland coast, BOM says

18:50 EDT

A cyclone watch has been issued for a large stretch of the east coast from Bundaberg in Queensland to Ballina in New South Wales.