- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Saturday 20th January. - January 16, 2018
A blocking anticyclone is still persisting just to the east of the Chatham Islands while a subtropical depression in the north Tasman Sea is slowly moving towards New Zealand. Between these two systems lies a warm north to northeasterly airstream with an active front lying north to south just to the west of the country. This will bring some heavy rain to northern and western parts of New Zealand. An anticyclone lies centred just to the west of Tasmania. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with a little rain about the western ranges and the possibility of a few spots in districtrs further east. Becoming fine again in the evening. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queentown 28.8 degrees. Wanaka 29.1 degrees, Kinloch 28.7 degrees. Arrowtown 31.8 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northerly 60 kph, easing to 40 kph in the afternoon, and to 20 kph in the evening. At 2000 metres northerly gale 75 kph rising to severe gale 90 kph in exposed places at times, easing to northwest 50 kph in the evening and to 30 kph overnight. Freezing level above 3000 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 23 degrees. For Wanaka 24 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 26 degrees. Tomorrow mainly fine but high cloud increasing during the morning and a little rain developing about midday, clearing again during the afternoon. Little wind and warm temperatures. Friday and Saturday mainly fine with northwesterlies freshening and temperatures becoming very warm.
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