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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Flooding rain continues in Queensland

14:22 EDT

Rain and thunderstorms have continued to soak northern Queensland during the last 24 hours, with central Australia next in line.

Farmers waiting up to a year for drought loans to be assessed

13:28 EDT

Farmers across Australia battling drought are having to wait up to a year to see if they've been approved for a loan from the Federal Government.

Rain record broken near Townsville as a monsoonal low tracks across Queensland's north-west

13:26 EDT

Torrential rain in north Queensland has smashed a record as a tropical low in the Gulf Country brings heavy rain to northern and western parts of Queensland as it slowly moves towards the Northern Territory.