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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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Victoria weather: Intense storm predicted to weaken as it moves in from SA

19:33 EST

[Communities across Victoria are bracing for powerful winds, heavy rain and flash flooding as an intense storm sweeps across from South Australia, but the system is expected to weaken as it moves east.

Tasmania braces for weather system that battered South Australia

19:31 EST

Tasmanians are being warned to prepare for wind and rains forecast to lash the state on Thursday.

Live: South Australia loses power as wild weather lashes state

19:25 EST

The whole of as a storm front lashes the state.