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Western Australia North 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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17:27 EDT

Thunderstorms have brought hail and lightning to Queensland's south as the state continues to swelter under a heatwave.

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14:45 EDT

A burst of hazy heat enveloped Sydney on Friday, with temperatures just not letting up well into the evening.

Heatwave to scorch Queensland 'well into next week', BOM warns

18:22 EDT

Temperatures will remain above 40 degrees Celsius in parts of central and southern Queensland until at least Wednesday next week, the Bureau of Meterology (BOM) warns.