Queensland 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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Perth weather set for another weekend washout with heavy rain on the way

16:39 EST

A winter deluge that is set to smash Perth's June rainfall average will coincide with the shortest day of the year to deliver a wet, gloomy and blustery weekend for the city.

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14:26 EST

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More rain on the horizon for Perth

12:15 EST

It's going to be a wet weekend in Perth, as a cold front brings a burst of wind and rain to Western Australia.