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

SA heatwave forecast forces total fire bans, cancellation of TDU community challenge event

12:36 EDT

South Australia is facing two days of temperatures in the 40s, with total fire bans imposed for many parts of the state and the extreme weather forcing changes to the Tour Down Under cycling.

Heat shortens Tour Down Under Stage 3

11:05 EDT

Extreme heat has forced organisers to shorten today's stage of the Santos Tour Down Under in South Australia.

Man who suffered 'killer dirt' disease melioidosis spent months battling life-threatening infection

10:03 EDT

It was an unlucky scrape that Bob Creek knows could have cost him his life.