Western Australia North 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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Hail falls near Toowoomba as severe storms move across South-East Queensland

19:51 EDT

A series of severe storm cells have impacted South-East Queensland from the Gold Coast north to Kingaroy in the South Burnett where the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) at one point warned of a "very dangerous" system moving south.

'Carbon copy' storms to ramp up in Queensland's south-east

14:45 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of south-east Queensland forecasting a "carbon copy" of yesterday's wild weather.