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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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Cyclone Debbie's eye reaches coast; BOM downgrades system to category three

17:02 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category three system, having made landfall along the north Queensland coastline near Airlie Beach earlier this afternoon as a slow-moving category four system.

Cyclone Debbie hits north Queensland coast bringing winds of 260kph, BOM says

17:00 EDT

Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category three system after crossing the north Queensland coast.

Cyclone Debbie: Track north Queensland wind speeds as it hammers coast

17:00 EDT

As Cyclone Debbie batters north Queensland, keep track of wind gusts at nine key weather stations across the day.