- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Monday 25th February. - February 21, 2019
A large anticyclone is stationary well to the east of the North Island. Tropical Cyclone Oma is slow moving in the Coral Sea and is drifting southwestwards towards the southern Queensland coast. It is unlikely to affect New Zealand, probably moving northwards again by the end of the weekend. However the extensive cloud band on the south side of this storm is affecting Northland with heavy rain there today, gradually extending southwards over remaining northern districts of the North Island by the end of today. Several fronts lie over southern districts of the South Island and a cooler southwesterly airstream should gradually spread onto the South Island. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for fresh westerly winds gradually tending cooler southwesterlies and freshening further. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 25.6 degrees. Wanaka 26.1 degrees. Kinloch 24.1 degrees. Arrowtown 26.5 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 40 kph. At 2000 metres northwest gale 75 kph, easing to 50 kph in the evening. Freezing level lowering to 2000 metres by evening. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 21 degrees. For Glenorchy 19 degrees. For Wanaka 22 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 23 degrees. Tomorrow cloudy and fine periods at first with showers spreading in during the afternoon. Fresh west to southwesterly winds and becoming cooler with a little light snow down to 1500 metres. Sunday cloudy with a few isolated showers and light snow on the mountains down to 1200 metres. Weather clearing later in the day. Winds tending moderate southeasterlies. Monday cloudy at first with a few showers then clearing to become fine during the morning. Fresh southerly winds and cool temperatures.
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