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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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Drought bites hard and drought maps questioned

17:46 EST

The accuracy of the current official figure of 66 per cent of Queensland being declared as in drought is being challenged.

Severe storm warning for south-east Queensland cancelled after series of cells sweep through region

16:36 EST

Severe thunderstorm warnings for south-east Queensland have been cancelled after a series of small cells swept through the region.

NSW weather: Record-breaking 40-degree temperature expected this weekend

16:24 EST

Total fire bans have been implemented across half of the state with some parts expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius for the first time in September since records began.