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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Wet week to come for NSW

12:38 EDT

Following a fine and largely dry weekend across the state, conditions will turn wet and stormy from the start of next week.

Wicked weekend waves for NSW coast

10:29 EDT

Significant wave heights of up to 4 metres have and will continue to batter the NSW coast this weekend.

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