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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Dozens of fires burning across NSW as cool change hits Sydney

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Dozens of grass and bushfires are burning across NSW as a cool change spreads across the state after a day of scorching temperatures.

Contrasting days in Sydney and Melbourne

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The hot topic over the last few days has been the heat in Sydney, and rightly so as Sydney-siders sweated through another day where the mercury went above 40 degrees.