An anticyclone lies centred in the north Tasman Sea to the west of the North Island and should move northeastwards to lie to the north of the North Island by tomorrow. A warm front lies just southeast of the Wairarapa. A cold front lying to the southwest of the South Island should move onto the lower South Island tomorrow morning followed by another cold front on Sunday. A southwesterly airstream should prevail over the South Island from tomorrow.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for fine, warm weather with little wind, although northwesterlies will prevail from this afternoon onwards. A warm north to northwesterly airstream flows onto the south of the South Island and temperatures should be warm or very warm again today. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 25.0 degrees. Kinloch 26.1 degrees. Wanaka 25.6 degrees. Arrowtown 24.5 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest 30 kph rising to 60 kph in the evening. At 2000 metres westerly 30 kph, rising to gale 65 kph in the afternoon and to 85 kph overnight. Freezing level lowering to 2800 metres in the evening. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Wanaka, Kingston 25 degrees. For Glenorchy and Cromwell 26 degrees. For Alexandra 27 degrees.
Tomorrow morning rain changing to showers in the afternoon and becoming cooler. Snow to 1100 metres at night. Fresh to strong northwesterly winds backing moderate westerly in the afternoon.
Sunday and Monday showers from time to time and snow lowering further to 1000 metres. Fresh west to southwesterlies easing later on Monday.