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Queensland 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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Grantham flood inquiry: Three people missing after 2011 deluge in Queensland never found, commission hears

19:04 EST

Three people who went missing during the deadly 2011 Grantham flood have never been found, an inquiry in Queensland has heard.

Ten people stranded in heavy snow rescued by helicopter from Tasmania's Mount Field national park

18:53 EST

Emergency workers have launched another rescue operation for people stranded in heavy snow, this time for 10 people snowed in at Lake Dobson in Mount Field National Park, about 75 kilometres north-west of Hobart.

Drought concessional loan scheme to be re-opened within days, says Federal Government drought coordinator

16:30 EST

A new "drought coordinator" working on the border of Victoria and South Australia, says the next round of drought concessional loans will be opened within days and funding boosts will be announced for a list of service providers.