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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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Missing trawler men 'may still be alive', survivor's wife says

19:36 EDT

The wife of the only man rescued from a trawler that sank off central Queensland on Monday night says she remains hopeful six other men still missing will be found alive.

Rain eases over north Queensland, prompting BOM to cancel severe weather warning

18:41 EDT

Rain is finally easing in northern and central Queensland after coastal areas north of Hervey Bay copped a battering, cutting the Bruce Highway and leaving several towns stranded.

Millions of dollars worth of crops lost as second deluge batters Bundaberg

17:49 EDT

Farmers in Queensland say they've lost millions of dollars worth of crops in the second heavy rainfall event in as many weeks.