Australia 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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Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hit by very dangerous storms, BOM warns of flash flooding

20:22 EDT

Severe storms have swept across South-East Queensland, dropping giant hail near Gympie and dumping 76 millimetres of rain on the Gold Coast in half an hour.

Brisbane storm brings short burst of heavy rain as giant hail falls on Sunshine and Gold coasts

20:22 EDT

An early afternoon storm system brought fierce winds and golf-ball-sized hail to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

Severe storms in SE Queensland

19:02 EDT

Brisbane has been hit by a severe thunderstorm for the second time in three days.