Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Tuesday 4th October.

An anticyclone lies east of the Chatham Islands while a depression is moving eastwards over the central Tasman Sea. Between these two system flows a mild north to northeasterly airstream over the country. A stationary front lies from Auckland southwards over the centre of the North Island and out to the east of the South Island while another front stretches from the depression in the central Tasman up to just north of Cape Reinga. Behind this front westerly conditions prevail. A further depression lies over Tasmania.

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for high cloud this morning otherwise fine. Cloud thickening this afternoon and showers developing later in the afternoon. Northwesterly winds developing and temperatures mild. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 17.1 degrees. Wanaka 18.0 degrees. Kinloch 19.0 degrees. Arrowtown 19.2 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 30 kph rising to 50 kph this evening. At 2000 metres northwest 40 kph rising to 60 kph this evening. Freezing level about 2200 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston 18 degrees. For Glenorchy and Wanaka 19 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 21 degrees.

Tomorrow cloudy with rain about the western ranges and a few showers elsewhere at times. The rain in the west may be heavy at times. Northwesterly winds will decrease during the morning.

Monday and Tuesday occasional showers, more frequent about the western ranges. Northerly winds becoming strong and gale force in exposed areas, changing westerly later on Tuesday.

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Monday 3rd October

A large anticyclone lies southeast of the Chatham Islands but still extends onto New Zealand. A depression now lying well east of the upper North Island is moving away. A deep depression that crossed South Australia not lies over Bass Strait and is moving southeastwards. It should lie southwest of the South Island by Sunday and weaken. A stationary front lies over the North Island while a warm front lies out to the east of the South Island. An increasing north to northeasterly airstream should spread onto the country.

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy skies at first but clearing. Cloud increasing again during the afternoon with a few isolated, brief showers developing by early evening. Light winds and mild temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 17.3 degrees. Wanaka 19.9 degrees. Kinloch 17.8 degrees, Arrowtown 18.9 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres light and variable. At 2000 metres northerly 30 kph developing in the afternoon. Freezing level about 2300 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston, Glenorchy and Cromwell 18 degrees. For Wanaka and Alexandra 19 degrees.

Tomorrow a mix of cloud and sunny spells with a few showers developing in the evening. Northerlies freshening and becoming mild.

Sunday cloudy with a few showers developing in the late afternoon. Northerly winds decreasing and temperatures mild.

Monday fine with winds turning westerly. Mild temperatures.