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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Tropical Cyclone Kimi downgraded to a tropical low but could reform in the coming week

16:20 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Kimi has been downgraded to a tropical low and is no longer expected to cross the north Queensland coast but the system could reform in the coming week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.

More storms, rain, hail possible as south-east Queensland cleans up after major flooding event

14:50 EDT

South-east Queensland is bracing for the possibility of more storms today after the region was hit with a severe weather system overnight, causing major flash flooding to bayside areas.

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