This summer's sea temperatures were the hottest on record for Australia: here’s why
Seems no one's entirely sure what this may mean for the weather for the next year. (Usually means wetter weather, but the North did just have a weak Monsoon season, apparently.) It seems unusual because the high water temperatures were behind the Brisbane (and Australian) widespread floods of 2011, but that was a La Nina year. Anyway, luckily, Brisbane doesn't flood in winter.