- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Sunday 26th March. - March 22, 2017
An anticyclone still lies centred to the northwest of Cape Reinga but is weakening as it drifts slowly northwards. A cold front lies over the lower North Island but is weakening as it also drifts northwards. A further anticyclone lies southwest of Tasmania and extends a ridge of high pressure across the south Tasman Sea onto the South Island. A depression is developing to the east of Victoria and should move across the Tasman tomorrow towards central parts of New Zealand. It will cross the North Island on Sunday to lie to the east on Monday. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy skies this morning but dry although the cloud will partially clear during the afternoon. Light winds and moderate to mild temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 17.9 degrees, Wanaka 17.7 degrees, Kinloch no report, Arrowtown 16.5 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres light winds. At 2000 metres southwest 30 kph, dying out during the morning. Freezing level 2800 metres at dawn, lifting to above 3000 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 19 degrees. For Wanaka and Cromwell 20 degrees. For Alexandra 18 degrees. Tomorrow cloudy skies with a few showers. Light to moderate westerlies turning southwest. Saturday and Sunday continuing cloudy with a few scattered showers and light westerly winds.
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