Fairfax Media Network

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.

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Early snow heading to Australian Alps

13:47 EST

A cold front is surging across southern Australia today and will reach the Alps on Sunday morning.

Adelaide's early start to winter

11:35 EST

A pair of fronts are set to bring a chilly start to winter for the South Australian capital.

Cyclone Debbie rebuild continues for 'heartbroken' north Queensland residents

09:36 EST

It has been almost two months since Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the north Queensland coast and many residents in the Whitsundays are still rebuilding their lives.