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Western Australia South 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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Intense thunderstorms hit NE NSW, SE QLD

18:37 EDT

Severe thunderstorms caused damage in northeastern New South Wales and southeast Queensland on Sunday and should do so again during the next few days.

Dangerous storms heading toward south-east Queensland coast, roofs ripped off houses in Warwick

18:33 EDT

A very dangerous thunderstorm moving across south-east Queensland is heading toward Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Hail storm damages hospital at Lismore in NSW, roof of maternity ward collapses

17:57 EDT

Several people including babies have been rescued from Lismore Base Hospital in northern New South Wales after the roof of the maternity ward collapsed.