An anticyclone with main centre west of the North Island covers the North Island and the northern part of the South Island. A weak cold front lies over coastal Southland in a westerly airstream while another more active cold front is moving off Tasmania into the western Tasman Sea. This should move onto the south of the South Island by later tomorrow and is followed by a colder southwesterly airstream.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for mainly fine weather although a little high cloud may spread in at times. Westerlies dying away this morning then turning northerly and freshening this evening. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 17.4 degrees. Wanaka 16.6 degrees. Kinloch no report, Arrowtown no report. Forecast upperlevel winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 50 kph, easing to 30 kph in the morning, then rising to northerly 45 kph this evening. At 2000 metres westerly 60 kph, easing to 40 kph this morning, turning northerly 30 kph this afternoon, then rising to gale 70 kph this evening. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 19 degrees. For Glenorchy and Wanaka 18 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 20 degrees.
Tomorrow rain developing in the morning and easing in the evening. Some heavy falls during the day about the western ranges. Freshening northerlies, becoming strong during the day and changing southwesterly by evening. Becoming cooler during the day.
Saturday rain at first with snow above 800 metres, gradually clearing during the day. Fresh southerlies easing.
Sunday mainly fine although a few cloudy areas at times. Southerlies dying away. Cool.