- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Friday 29th March - March 25, 2019
An anticyclone far to the east of the North Island still extends onto northern districts while a strong northwesterly airstream covers the remainder of New Zealand. An active cold front is approaching Puysegur Point from the west and should cross the South Island during today and the North Island tomorrow. This is an active front and very heavy rain should occur in western districts, about the head of the lakes and westwards from there, although rain could be heavy at times further east. Another anticyclone should be moving into the western Tasman Sea by later tomorrow and extend a ridge of high pressure towards southern districts of the South Island. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with rain, heavy at times and very heavy about the western ranges. West to northwesterly winds, strong in exposed areas, decreasing later this afternoon. Temperatures warm at first but a little cooler later this afternoon. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 20.4 degrees. Wanaka 22.3 degrees Kinloch no report. Arrowtown 21.5 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest gale 65 kph, easing to 45 kph in the evening. At 2000 metres northwest severe gale 90 kpoh, easing to gale 70 kph in the evening. Freezing level above 3500 metres, lowering to 2500 metres in the evening. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 20 degrees. For Glenorchy 19 degrees. For Wanaka and Cromwell 21 degrees. For Alexandra 23 degrees. Tomorrow cloudy with occasional showers but clearing during the day. Fresh west to southwest winds dying out during the evening. Temperatures a little cooler. Thursday and Friday fine with light winds but light to moderate northerlies developing on Friday. Temperatures warming again.
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