- Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Saturday 21st January. - January 17, 2017
An area of high pressure stretches from the southern Queensland coast across the north Tasman Sea to the northern half of the North Island. A strong west to northwesterly airstream covers the rest of New Zealand. A rapidly deepening depression in the Tasman Sea is moving southeastwards and should lie over the lower South Island by later today. This will bring storms to the lower North Island and the upper South Island by later today with northwesterlies of up to storm force in these areas. The deep depression should lie off the Otago coast by later tomorrow and then move away southeastwards while a southwesterly airstream will spread onto the South Island with an anticyclone developing over Tasmania. Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for rain about the western ranges, becoming heavy from about midday, gradually spreading elsewhere from this afternoon. Little wind, light westerlies predominating and moderate temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 22.7 degrees. Kinloch 20.4 degrees. Wanaka 23.6 degrees. Arrowtown also 23.6 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest gale 80 kph. easing to northerly 60 kph for a time in the morning and early afternoon. Wind at 2000 metres northwest severe gale 120 kph easing to gale 80 kph for a time in the morning and early afternoon. Freezing level about 2400 metres, lowering to 1700 metres overnight. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown 21 degrees. For Kingston, Glenorchy and Wanaka 20 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 24 degrees. Tomorrow showery conditions heavy at first and becoming cooler with snow lowering to 1000 metres. Winds changing fresh southwesterly during the morning. Friday mainly fine with little wind. There may be some early morning light frosts in sheltered parts. Moderate afternoon temperatures. Saturday increasing cloud otherwise fine with winds tending easterly and freshening.
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