- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Friday 29th September. - September 25, 2017
An anticyclone lies to the northeast of the North Island while a strong, disturbed northwesterly airstream covers the North Island and the north of the South Island. One front lies over the middle of the North Island while another front is moving over Taranaki. A further cold front lies over the Southland coast and should be moving over the Southern Lakes and Central Otago this afternoon although it will be rather weak. Another anticyclone will lie in the northwest Tasman Sea by later tomorrow and extend a ridge of high pressure southeastwards over the South Island. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for rain about the western ranges but mainly fine elsewhere. A few isolated showers in other districts with the weak front this afternoon. Little wind and moderate afternoon temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 17.5 degrees. Wanaka 17.4 degrees. Kinloch 18.0 degrees. Arrowtown 18.3 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 50 kph, dying out this afternoon. At 2000 metres northwest gale 70 kph, easing to 45 kph this afternoon, dying out this evening. Freezing level 1800 metres, gradually lowering to 1300 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures today for Queenstown, Kingston and Wanaka 16 degrees. For Glenorchy and Cromwell 17 degrees. For Alexandra 18 degrees. Tomorrow a mix of cloudy and fine periods with little wind and moderate temperatures. Thursday fine at first but a few showers by afternoon, turning to rain about the western ranges. Fresh to strong northwesterlies, gale force in exposed areas. Friday some rain in the morning easing to showers in the afternoon. Rain possibly heavy at first about the western ranges. Strong northwesterly turning lighter southwesterly in the afternoon.
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