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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Dangerous wind in southern Victoria tonight

16:57 EDT

An unusual surge of powerful easterly winds will buffet parts of southern Victoria on Wednesday night, possibly exposing typically safe areas to wind damage.

Queensland's Cape York Peninsula bracing for heavy rain despite low being unlikely to form into cyclone

14:59 EDT

A low off Queensland's Cape York Peninsula is now unlikely to form into a cyclone but is still predicted to bring heavy rainfall to the region, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

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