An anticyclone remains slow moving to the north of the North Island with a west to northwesterly airstream covering New Zealand. A stationary front lies from Queensland, across the Tasman Sea and through Cook Strait. Another slow moving front lies over Puysegur Point.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for rain about the western ranges with a few scattered falls spreading elsewhere at times. Light to moderate west to northwesterly winds and moderate temperatures, although becoming cooler later. Light snow to 1400 metres, lowering tonight to 1100 metres. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 18.2 degrees, Wanaka 15.9 degrees, Kinloch no report, Arrowtown 20.1 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwesterly 50 kph. At 2000 metres northwesterly rising to gale 80 kph in the morning, easing to 70 kph in the evening. Freezing level 1500 metres at first, rising to 1700 metres for a time in the afternoon. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Wanaka 17 degrees. For Glenorchy 16 degrees. For Cromwell 18 degrees. for Alexandra 20 degrees.
Tomorrow cloudy with early morning rain and snow down to 900 metres. Moderate to fresh westerlies and cool temperatures.
Tuesday and Wednesday scattered rain at first easing to a few showers by Tuesday afternoon. Strong northwesterlies on Tuesday turning southwesterlies on Wednesday.