A trough of low pressure is moving eastwards off New Zealand. Main centre is near the Chatham Islands with three smaller centres east and west of Northland and northwest of Cape Reinga, each associated with small fronts. A large anticyclone lies along the NSW coast and extends a ridge of high pressure southeastwards onto Southland. This anticyclone should cover New Zealand by later tomorrow.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for some scattered cloud this morning, then clearing to a fine afternoon. Cloud should increase again tonight. Light winds, south to southeasterly predominating. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 10.4 degrees. Kinloch 12.2 degrees. Wanaka 9.2 degrees. Arrowtown 10.3 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres light andf variable. At 2000 metres southeast 30 kph. Freezing level 1200 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown and Kingston 11 degrees. For Wanaka and Glenorchy 10 degrees. For Cromwell and Alexandra 12 degrees.
Tomorrow and Wednesday fine apart from morning low cloud soon clearing. Light westerlies tomorrow, light northwesterlies on Wednesday.
Thursday increasing high cloud during the day. Rain developing about the western ranges by evening and a few scattered falls elsewhere at night. Northwesterlies freshening.