A complex trough of low pressure covers the North Island and is slowly moving off to the east while a number of fronts lie embedded in this trough. Low centres lie east of Hawkes Bay and east of Northland. A small ridge of high pressure lies in the Tasman Sea and will move onto the North Island by later today as the trough moves off to the east. A cold front is crossing the south Tasman Sea and will move onto Southland by later in the afternoon and cross the Southern Lakes and Central Otago this evening. The front is followed by a cooler southwesterly airstream.
Forecast for the Southern lakes and Central Otago for today is for a mostly cloudy day although a few sunny periods may occur this afternoon. A few light showers may occur this evening. Light west to northwesterly winds and moderate afternoon temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 8.2 degrees. Wanaka 6.6 degrees. Kinloch 8.0 degrees. Arrowtown no report. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 25 kph developing in the afternoon. At 2000 metres northwest 40 kph developing in the afternoon. Freezing level lowering to 1400 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Glenorchy 10 degrees. For Kingston, Wanaka, Cromwell 9 degrees. For Alexandra 8 degrees.
Tomorrow a few showers at first with snow flurries down to 800 metres but becoming fine during the morning. Light to moderate southwesterly winds dying away and a little cooler.
Monday cloudy skies with rain about the western ranges but mainly dry elsewhere. Northerly winds freshening and up to gale force in exposed areas.
Tuesday rain continuing about the western ranges and a few light falls elsewhere. A change to moderate southerlies in the morning.