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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Queensland weather stokes bushfires, leading to emergency warning north of Lowood

18:23 EDT

A number of fires have broken out in South-East Queensland this afternoon amid a severe heatwave, including a fast-moving blaze near Lowood, west of Brisbane, that has sparked an emergency declaration.

Heatwave hits eastern Queensland as outback air mass heads towards coast

17:58 EDT

A heatwave is gripping eastern Queensland, where some communities will sweat through temperatures up to 12 degrees Celsius above average today and tomorrow.

Australia's drought may be causing New Zealand's glaciers to turn red

17:21 EDT

The drought gripping eastern Australia is having consequences as far as 2,000 kilometres away, with the ice on New Zealand glaciers turning red and pink.