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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Canberra's hailstorm followed a horror bushfire season, but it's unlikely they're related

20:27 EDT

Yesterday Canberra was thrashed by a hailstorm that lasted little more than 10 minutes.

Wild storms rumble across South East Queensland, leaving thousands without power

20:20 EDT

Severe thunderstorms have moved across parts of South East Queensland, bringing down powerlines and trees.

Fire bans declared as grass blazes pose new threat and danger reaches 'extreme' in Mallee

19:50 EDT

Victoria's emergency services are bracing for a new fire threat tomorrow, with dangerous hot and windy conditions forecast for the west of the state which has so far remained relatively untouched this fire season.