Cardrona Valley

Cardrona Valley

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Friday 23rd February.

Tropical Cyclone Gita lies in the north Tasman Sea to the west of Cape Reinga and has now been downgraded to an ex Tropical Cyclone.   It is still going to produce severe gales and heavy rain in Central Districts of the country from about midday and will cross over these districts later today before moving out to the east tomorrow.   A smaller depression will develop to the west of the upper South Island tomorrow morning and cross the lower North Island on Thursday morning.   A large anticyclone is centred to the south of Tasmania and will move northeastwards into the western Tasman Sea later on Wednesday.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with a few showers this morning, turning to widespread rain this afternoon.   Southeasterly winds developing this morning and freshening to become strong this afternoon.   Exposed areas will receive gale to severe gale southeasterlies this afternoon.    Temperatures becoming much colder with snow on the mountains down to 1000 metres this afternoon.    Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 18.5 degrees.   Wanaka 19.2 degrees.   Kinloch 19.5 degrees.   Arrowtown no report.   Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southeasterly rising to gale 65 kph about midday and to gale 75 kph in the afternoon.   At 2000 meteres southeasterly rising to gale 70 kph in the morning and to severe gale 85 kph in the afternoon.   Freezing level lowering to about 1600 metres in the morning.   Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 14 degrees.   For Glenorchy and Wanaka 15 degrees.   For Cromwell and Alexandra 13 degrees.
 
Tomorrow overcast with rain in the morning and snow at first down to 1000 metres.   Conditions improving to just a few showers in the afternoon.   Strong southeasterlies, gale in exposed areas, easing in the afternoon and turning more southerly.    Rather cold.
 
Thursday and Friday fine weather after the clearance of morning cloud.    Light winds on Thursday, moderate southwesterlies on Friday.     Still rather cool.
 
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Thursday 22nd February.

Tropical Cyclone Gita is now halfway between New Caledonia and Cape Reinga and moving southwards into the north Tasman Sea.   It is still a category 2 cyclone but should weaken a little further as it approaches New Zealand.   It should cross over central districts of the country later tomorrow and over Wednesday before moving away to the southeast later on Wednesday.   It will affect districts over the lower third of the North Island and the upper two thirds of the South Island with severe gales and heavy rain.   A small trough line lies over the Waikato while a cold front is moving across Otago bringing light rain.   A large anticyclone is centred southwest of Tasmania.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies this morning with periods of mainly light rain, clearing by afternoon to partly cloudy, dry weather.    Moderate to fresh northwesterly winds dying away this afternoon.   Mild temperatures.   Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 25.3 degrees.   Wanaka 22.4 degrees.   Kinloch 20.6 degrees.    Arrowtown no report.    Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 50 kph, easing to 30 kph this morning then gradually dying out.   At 2000 metres northwest 60 kph, easing to 40 kph this morning then to 25 kph later.  Freezing level 2800 metres, gradually lowering to 1800 metres.    Forecast maximum temperatures for today Queenstown. Kingston 19 degrees.  For Wanaka and Glenorchy 18 degrees.   For Cromwell and Alexandra 21 degrees.
 
Tomorrow mainly cloudy with a few showers in the afternoon and southeasterly rising to strong or gale force. 
 
Wednesday a period of rain in the morning with gale force southeasterlies, severe gale in exposed areas.   Weather clearing in the afternoon to lighter southerlies and cloudy, dry weather.
 
Thursday fine with the odd isolated shower and light southwesterlies.
 
 
 
  
 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Wednesday 21st February.

A stationary front lies over the bottom of the North Island while another cold front is expected to move onto the lower South Island tomorrow.   An anticyclone to the east of New Zealand extends over the North Island and northern parts of the South Island.     Tropical Cyclone Gita lies to the north of the Tasman Sea and is drifting southwards.   It should lie in the north Tasman Sea by later tomorrow and cross central districts of New Zealand by later on Tuesday.    It is still a little uncertain whether it will affect the lower North Island or the upper South Island more.   It should move away to the southeast of the country on Wednesday while weakening.   
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for showers developing about the western ranges this morning, turning to rain in the afternoon, possibly becoming heavy at times.   Elsewhere it will continue fine although with areas of cloud at times.   Northwesterly winds freshening this afternoon.   Warm temperatures.   Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 24.4 degrees.   Wanaka 24.7 degrees.   Kinloch no report and Arrowtown no report.     Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 35 kph, gradually rising to northwest gale 65 kph by evening.   At 1000 metres westerly 55 kph, rising to northwest gale 65 kph in the morning and to, 80 kph in the afternoon.   Freezing level above 3000 metres, lowering to 2800 metres overnight.   Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 25 degrees.   For Wanaka and Cromwell 26 degrees.   For Alexandra 27 degrees.
 
Tomorrow a few showers in the morning then clearing to a partly cloudy day.   Strong northwesterly winds, gale in exposed areas and warm temperatures.
 
Tuesday cloudy with a few showers in the afternoon and winds rising to strong to gale force southeasterlies,  severe gale in exposed areas.
 
Wednesday some rain in the morning, clearing to a few showers with strong to gale southeasterlies easing.