A slow moving anticyclone lies north of Northland and covers the northern half of the North Island. Several fronts are crossing the North Island with patchy rain, more particularly in western districts. A further front lies over the southwest corner of the South Island and should pass through the Southern Lakes this afternoon with some showers, one or two may be heavy. There is the chance of isolated thunderstorms. A further anticyclone lies over southeastern Australia and may extend a ridge of high pressure over the South Island by later tomorrow.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for fine weather this morning but scattered showers this afternoon, some possibly heavy with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm. Light to moderate north to northwesterlies. Becoming cooler with the snow level down to 1200 metres. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 21.2 degrees. Wanaka 21.8 degrees. Kinloch 17.1 degrees. Arrowtown 22.8 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 50 kph gradually dying out. At 2000 metres northwest gale 70 kph, easing to 50 kph in the evening. Freezing level lowering to 1600 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Wanaka, Kingston 18 degrees. For Glenorchy 17 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 20 degrees.
Tomorrow a few showers in the morning turning to rain in the afternoon. Moderate southwesterlies in the morning, turning light southeast in the evening.
Friday and Saturday generally fine although cloud thickening on Saturday. Northwesterlies developing and temperatures becoming milder.