- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Wednesday 23rd January. - January 19, 2019
A deep depression is passing eastwards to the south of the South Island with an associated cold front moving over the north of the South Island. This front should move over the North Island today but weaken as it goes. Behind the front a cooler west to southwesterly airstream prevails. A further front should move onto southern districts tomorrow morning. A large belt of high pressure lies in the north Tasman Sea and to the north of New Zealand. By Tuesday an anticyclone in the Tasman Sea will be moving onto the South Island. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for showers about the western ranges and cloudy or partly cloudy and dry elsewhere. There is the chance of a scattered shower in eastern districts this afternoon. Moderate to fresh westerly winds, becoming strong in exposed areas this afternoon and temperatures a little cooler. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 22.2 degrees. Wanaka 23.2 degrees. Kinloch no report. Arrowtown 22.8 degrees. Forecast upper level winds at 1000 metres westerly gale 65 kph rising to severe gale 90 kph this afternoon, then easing to westerly 50 kph at night. At 2000 metres westerly gale 80 kph, rising to severe gale 110 kph for a time in the afternoon and evening. Freezing level 2000 metres, rising to 2300 metres in the afternoon. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 20 degrees. For Wanaka and Cromwell 21 degrees. For Glenorchy 19 degrees. For Alexandra 22 degrees. Tomorrow and Tuesday partly cloudy but dry although a few showers about the western ranges. Fresh westerly winds becoming strong for a time tomorrow afternoon. Mild to warm temperatures. Wednesday widespread rain developing, heavy at times about the western ranges. Fresh northwesterly winds, gale force about exposed areas, turning to lighter southwesterlies and becoming cooler again.
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