Tropical Cyclone Gita lies in the north Tasman Sea to the west of Cape Reinga and has now been downgraded to an ex Tropical Cyclone. It is still going to produce severe gales and heavy rain in Central Districts of the country from about midday and will cross over these districts later today before moving out to the east tomorrow. A smaller depression will develop to the west of the upper South Island tomorrow morning and cross the lower North Island on Thursday morning. A large anticyclone is centred to the south of Tasmania and will move northeastwards into the western Tasman Sea later on Wednesday.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with a few showers this morning, turning to widespread rain this afternoon. Southeasterly winds developing this morning and freshening to become strong this afternoon. Exposed areas will receive gale to severe gale southeasterlies this afternoon. Temperatures becoming much colder with snow on the mountains down to 1000 metres this afternoon. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 18.5 degrees. Wanaka 19.2 degrees. Kinloch 19.5 degrees. Arrowtown no report. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southeasterly rising to gale 65 kph about midday and to gale 75 kph in the afternoon. At 2000 meteres southeasterly rising to gale 70 kph in the morning and to severe gale 85 kph in the afternoon. Freezing level lowering to about 1600 metres in the morning. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 14 degrees. For Glenorchy and Wanaka 15 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 13 degrees.
Tomorrow overcast with rain in the morning and snow at first down to 1000 metres. Conditions improving to just a few showers in the afternoon. Strong southeasterlies, gale in exposed areas, easing in the afternoon and turning more southerly. Rather cold.
Thursday and Friday fine weather after the clearance of morning cloud. Light winds on Thursday, moderate southwesterlies on Friday. Still rather cool.