- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Friday 25th October. - October 21, 2019
A disturbed and unseasonably cold southwesterly airstream covers New Zealand. Fronts will pass over from time to time bring progressively colder air to the country and snow to quite low levels over the South Island. A small depression will develop off the southern Fiordland coast and move northeastwards, deepening as it goes. By tomorrow it will lie to the east of central New Zealand, maintaining the cold southwesterly airstream. An anticyclone lies over the western Tasman Sea and extends over southeastern Australia. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast this morning with snow showers about the mountains but mainly dry elsewhere, becoming widespread from about midday including some sleet, and snow down to 500 metres by this evening. Light westerlies changing fresh southerly during the afternoon. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 13.8 degrees. Wanaka 13.9 degrees. Kinloch 13.5 degrees. Arrowtown 13.8 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres westerly 45 kph, becoming light for a time around midday, then changing southerly 50 kph later in the afternoon. At 2000 metres westerly gale 65 kph, easing to 45 kph around midday, then changing southerly gale 70 kph later in the afternoon. Freezing level about 1000 metres, lowering to 800 metres in the evening. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston, Wanaka and Glenorchy 12 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 13 degrees. Tomorrow morning cloud with showers about and south of Kingston and sleet and snow showers about the mountains. Becoming fine during the afternoon although cloud increasing again during the evening. Moderate southwesterly winds, turning westerly in the afternoon and freshening. Thursday scattered rain developing then clearing later in the day with winds changing strong southwesterlies. Snow at first down to 700 metres. Friday fine weather with decreasing southwesterlies.
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