A large anticyclone centred just to the east of Auckland is virtually stationary and covers most of New Zealand. A northwesterly airstream flows onto the far south of the country while an occluded front lies in the south Tasman Sea. The situation is moving very little at the moment and conditions will remain fairly static over Labour Weekend. A small depression lies to the west of Tasmania but should weaken away today.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for a mix of cloudy and fine sunny periods this morning, mainly fine and clear this afternoon. Northwesterly winds freshening this morning then decreasing again this evening. Mild to warm temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 21.5 degrees. Wanaka 21.4 degrees. Kinloch 20.5 degrees. Arrowtown no report. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest rising to 50 kph this morning then easing to 30 kph in the evening. At 2000 metres northwest rising to gale 70 kph this morning, then easing to 55 kph at night. Freezing level around 3000 metres. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston, Wanaka and Cromwell 22 degrees. For Glenorchy 21 degrees. For Alexandra 23 degrees.
Tomorrow and through until Tuesday fine weather continuing with light variable winds but freshening northwesterlies on Tuesday. There may be a little morning low cloud at first on some mornings.