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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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NSW weather: Storm hits Hunter and Central Coast, BOM predicts heavy rainfall and winds

00:06 EDT

Severe thunderstorms that ravaged the Hunter region and the Central Coast of New South Wales are over, the Bureau of Meteorology says, but Ausgrid and SES volunteers are still working to repair the damage.

Sydney storms: 12,000 insurance claims lodged from hailstorm, $31 million in damages

17:19 EDT

More than 12,000 insurance claims have already been lodged with damages at an estimated $31 million following the .

Tropical Low lashes Gulf of Carpentaria

12:10 EDT

Southern parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria have been lashed with heavy rain and gusty winds as a tropical low makes its presence felt.