An anticyclone with main centre now well to the east of East Cape extends back over the North Island. This high should move further away eastwards today with the northwesterly airstream now covering the South Island, gradually spreading north onto the North Island. A weak warm front should move over Otago this morning with a few light spots of rain, then clearing to cloudy conditions. A depression west of Fiordland has an associated cold front and this will move over the Southern Lakes this afternoon with a change to cooler southerlies. Another anticyclone lies centred to the southwest of Tasmania.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and central Otago for today is for rain developing about the western ranges this morning and becoming heavy at times. Scattered lighter rain elsewhere. Clearing later this morning to cloudy skies but rain persisting about the western ranges. Light to moderate variable winds this morning becoming south or southeasterly later this afternoon with a further period of light rain in all districts. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 25.7 degrees. Wanaka 26.0 degrees. Kinloch no report. Arrowtown no report. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest gale 65 kph easing to 40 kph in the afternoon and tyrning light southeast in the evening. At 2000 metres northwest severe gale 100 kph easing to westerly 40 kph around midday then winds becoming light in the early evening. Freezing level lowering to 3000 metres in the afternoon. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Wanaka and Kingston 24 degrees. For Glenorchy 23 degrees. For Cromwell 26 degrees. For Alexandra 27 degrees.