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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Drought-affected farmers hit hard as freak hailstorm wipes out crops in NSW hinterland

00:13 EST

Farmers struggling to cope with the drought are desperate for rain, but in northern New South Wales they have instead been hit by a severe hailstorm, which has wiped out a number of crops.

Asthma sufferers urged to stay indoors as South Australia braces for damaging winds and dust

15:35 EST

Asthma sufferers are being urged to stay indoors tomorrow as the state braces for potentially damaging winds and dusty conditions.

Rain reaches parts of western NSW but no real relief for farmers battling drought

11:54 EST

Rain has fallen in some parts of western NSW but farmers in the most critically dry areas have been left disappointed after failing to receive a single drop.