Cardrona Valley

Cardrona Valley

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Saturday 18th May.

A large anticyclone covers southeastern Australia, the north Tasman Sea and stretches over Northland.     A weak frontal system is slow moving over the Waikato.    A further cold front is moving up the coastal areas of Marlborough.    Yet further fronts lie over Stewart Island and Foveaux Strait and will cross the Southern Lakes and Central Otago this afternoon.     A strong west to southwesterly airstream covers the central and south Tasman Sea and the South Island.   Pressures are very low to the south of the South Island.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy to overcast skies with occasional rain but a few dry periods as well.   Weather clearing this evening.    West to southwesterly winds freshening this morning and gale about exposed areas.   Moderate to cool temperatures.   Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 11.7 degrees.    Wanaka 12.9 degrees.   Kinloch 11.1 degrees.   Arrowtown 13.3 degrees.     Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres westerly 50 kph rising to gale 80 kph this morning, then easing to southwest 50 kph in the evening.    At 2000 metres westerly gale 75 kph, rising to severe gale 95 kph for a time in the morning and afternoon.    Freezing level 1400 metres morning and evening, but rising to around 1800 meters during the day.
 
Tomorrow and through until Saturday cloudy with isolated showers about the western ranges.   Strong west or southwesterly winds, gale in exposed areas.   Cool to moderate temperatures.
 
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Friday 17th May.

A large belt of high pressure lies in the Tasman Sea to the west of the upper North Island and extends westwards across southern parts of Australia.      A warm front lies over Puysegur Point at 6am this morning and should move up over the lower South Island this morning.    It is followed by a cold front which should move onto the lower South Island by early this afternoon.   A cooler westerly airstream follows these fronts.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy skies with scattered rain this morning and freshening northwesterly winds.   Rain about the western ranges could be heavy and thundery.     A change by later this afternoon to occasional showers and decreasing westerly winds.    Cool to moderate temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 13.2 degrees.   Wanaka also 13.2 degrees.   Kinloch 11.8 degrees.    Arrowtown 10.5 degrees.     Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest rising to gale 70 kph this morning, easing to westerly 40 kph in the evening.     At 2000 metres northwest rising to severe gale 95 kph this morning, easing to gale 65 kph in the evening.    Freezing level 1600 metres morning and evening, but rising to 2000 metres during the day.     Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Wanaka 15 degrees.    For Glenorchy 14 degrees.    For Cromwell and Alexandra 16 degrees.
 
Tomorrow a few isolated showers possible but mainly cloudy and dry with fresh westerlies, strong in exposed areas.   Moderate temperatures.
 
Thursday and Friday a mix of cloudy and sunny periods although a few showers possible about the western ranges.    Fresh weterlies and moderate temperatures.
 
 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until

A fresh, cool and disturbed southwesterly airstream covers New Zealand.   An occluded front is moving away from the east of the North island while two further fronts are crossing northern districts.    Another weak cold front lies over Wellington while yet another front lies just to the south of Stewart Island.   A large anticyclone lies over southeastern Australia and the western Tasman Sea and is pushing a ridge of high pressure to the south of the South Island.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for any morning cloud clearing quickly and a fine, sunny day is expected.    Light to moderate southwesterly turning westerly this afternoon with cool temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 11.8 degrees.   Wanaka 12.6 degrees.   Kinloch 16.4 degrees.    Arrowtown 12.5 degrees.   Rainfall for the last 24 hours Queenstown 21.9 mm.   Kinloch 29.0 mm. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southwest 60 kph, gradually easing and turning northwest 40 kph.   At 2000 metres southwest gale 75 kph, gradually easing and turning northwest 50 kph.    Freezing level 1400 metres.   Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 12 degrees.   For Glenorchy 11 degrees.   For Wanaka and Cromwell 13 degrees.   For Alexandra 14 degrees.
 
Tomorrow isolated showers in the morning turning to occasional rain in the afternoon then clearing at night.   Freshening westerly winds and cool temperatures.
 
Wednesday and Thursday a mix of cloudy and sunny spells with fresh to strong westerly winds and temperatures remaining cool.