- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Tuesday 10th December. - December 6, 2019
An anticyclone far to the east of the North Island continues to be a blocking anticyclone and will maintain a west to northwesterly airstream over New Zealand. A stationary front lies to the northeast of the North Island while further fronts lie over the middle of the South Island and over Southland. An anticyclone is slow moving and centred just south of Adelaide. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for periods of rain about the western ranges which could be heavy and thundery at times. Occasional rain spreading further east at times. Becoming cooler with snow lowering to 1500 metres by evening. Northwesterly winds freshening this afternoon and rising to gale force in exposed areas. Both Lakes Wakatipu and Lake Wanaka are sitting at fractionally below the first flood levels and are steady. Lake Wakatipu`s flood level is 311.300 and the lake at present is 311.278. Lake Wanaka`s flood level is 280.304 and at 8am this morning it was 280.278 metres. Again the snow level dropping to 1500 metres by this evening will halt upper level run off. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwesterly 55 kph, rising to gale 70 kph by afternoon. At 2000 metres northwesterly severe gale 85 kph. Freezing level lowering to 1800 metres in the evening. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 19.4 degrees. Wanaka 14.1 degrees. Kinloch no report. Arrowtown no report. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 17 degrees. For Glenorchy 16 degrees. For Wanaka 14 degrees. For Cromwell 18 degrees. For Alexandra 19 degrees. Tomorrow overcast with rain, heavy at times about the western ranges but more scattered about areas further east. Snow lowering a little further to 1200 metres. Strong northwesterlies easing a little to westerlies in the afternoon. Monday and Tuesday fine with light winds although northwesterlies developing again on Tuesday.
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