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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Cyclone Oma weakens but impacts still expected along Queensland coast

16:47 EDT

People are being warned not to risk their lives by going to southern Queensland beaches this weekend with Tropical Cyclone Oma whipping up wild wind and surf.

Townsville man charged after flood-ravaged homes in Idalia stripped of $80,000 in goods

16:41 EDT

Police have charged a man with stealing up to $80,000 worth of goods from homes affected by the north Queensland floods.

Farmers 'insulted' and feel ignored by Victorian Government's latest drought assistance

15:33 EDT

Farmers are disappointed and say Victoria's Agriculture Minister is "naive" and "out of touch" as she announced additional drought relief for the state's farmers which excludes municipal rate relief.