- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Saturday 26th May. - May 22, 2018
A very disturbed and cold southwesterly airstream covers New Zealand and the Tasman Sea. Several cold fronts are crossing the North Island with frequent thunderstorms and periods of rain. Cold fronts also lie over the northeast of the South Island, Westland and a further one moving onto Puysegur Point this morning. Sleety showers are expected today in southern districts with further fronts expected tomorrow and Friday. A large anticyclone is slow moving over the Australian Bight but is expected to make very little progress eastwards over the next few days with the cold southwesterlies expected to continue over New Zealand. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with sleety showers this morning then clearing this afternoon to be confined to areas about and south of Kingston. A general clearance everywhere is likely by this evening. Light to moderate southwesterly winds, decreasing and turning northwesterly this evening. Cold temperatures with frosts tonight. Rainfall readings recorded for the last 24 hours were Queenstown 25.7 mm. Arrowtown 30.5 mm. Kinloch 21.5 mm. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 6.7 degrees. Wanaka 8.6 degrees. Kinloch 8.2 degrees. Arrowtown 6.1 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southwest 40 kph turning northwest 30 kph this evening. At 2000 metres southwest 40 kph turning northwest 40 kph this evening. Freezing level 800 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 6 degrees. Wanaka and Cromwell 7 degrees. Alexandra 8 degrees. Tomorrow rain developing in the early morning and becoming heavy at times with snow down to 500 metres. Rain continuing about the western ranges through until the evening but becoming scattered light rain elsewhere. Strong northwest gales about exposed areas but mostly moderate northwesterlies elsewhere. Friday and Saturday cloudy or partly cloudy with showers at times and snow to 500 metres, rising to 800 metres by Friday evening. South to southwesterlies, strong at times and gale in exposed areas.
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