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.
It's sale day in Meserani village.
A tropical low which has formed north of the Coral Sea could make Queensland history if it turns into a cyclone.
Darwin has experienced June temperatures warmer than normal, as the dry season gets off to a wobbly start.