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.
The clean-up is continuing after a severe storm hit the New South Wales North Coast on Sunday afternoon leaving thousands without power and displacing some patients at Lismore Base Hospital.
A clean-up is underway after very dangerous thunderstorms cut across south-east Queensland on Sunday, damaging roofs and cutting power to about 20,000 properties.
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