Cardrona Valley

Cardrona Valley

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Tuesday 27th June.

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.
 
 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Monday 26th June.

An anticyclone is moving well away to the east of the Chatham Islands while a very complex trough of low pressure covers northern and central New Zealand.   Several fronts lie over these districts with one stationary front lying through Cook Strait and out to the southeast.   Another anticyclone lies south of this front to the southeast of Otago and is responsible for some colder air over southern districts.   There may be the odd brief shower at first but mainly settled conditions will prevail over Otago and Southland.    A further anticyclone over southeastern Australia extends a ridge of high pressure into the southwest Tasman Sea.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for areas of cloud at first with the possibility of the odd brief shower but clearing to a mainly fine day with scattered areas of cloud.   Light east to southeasterly winds and rather cool temperatures.    Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 7.2 degrees,   Wanaka 10.2 degrees,   Kinloch no report and Arrowtown no report.    Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres easterly 30 kph, dying out at night.    At 2000 metres northeasterly 30 kph, dying out.   Freezing level 900 metres gradually rising to 1800 metres.     Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 9 degrees.   For Wanaka 10 degrees.   For Cromwell and Alexandra 8 degrees.
 
Tomorrow a few cloudy periods but mainly fine with light easterly winds and rather cool temperatures.
 
Sunday fresh southwesterlies, strong in exposed areas.   There is the chance of an isolated brief shower at first but mainly fine.
 
Monday becoming cloudy with a little scattered light rain and northwesterlies freshening for a time, gale force in exposed areas.
 
 
 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Sunday 24th June.

An anticyclone is situated well out to the east of the Chatham Islands and is moving slowly away.  An active depression is slow moving to the northwest of Cape Reinga with several associated fronts covering the northern part of the North Island.  Strong or gale force northeasterly winds and widespread rain are expected to cover these districts today.    A cold front is moving northwards over Canterbury followed by some colder air and this is expected to undercut the warmer air flowing down from the north with snow lowering to 600 metres.   An anticyclone with centres east of Tasmania and over southeastern Victoria extends a ridge of high pressure across the south Tasman Sea to south of the South Island.   This should move up onto the lower South Island from tomorrow.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with occasional rain and snow likely down to 6 or 700 metres.   The weather clearing to just isolated showers this afternoon.   Southeasterly winds freshening.   Temperatures becoming cooler.   Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 13.5 degrees,   Kinloch 15.2 degrees,   Wanaka 15.0 degrees,   Arrowtown no report.  Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southerly 30 kph, rising to southeast 50 kph developing in the evening.   At 1000 metres light winds, northeasterly 50 kph developing in the evening.   Freezing level lowering to 800 metres.     Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 9 degrees.    For Wanaka 10 degrees.   For Cromwell and Alexandra 11 degrees.
 
Tomorrow overcast with occasional brief rain and further snow down to 6 or 700 metres, clearing to a mainly dry, partly cloudy afternoon.   Light northeasterly winds dying away.   Frosts at night.
 
Saturday cloud increasing otherwise fine.   Winds turning westerly and freshening.
 
Sunday fine weather with strong southwesterlies easing.