Cardrona Valley

Cardrona Valley

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Sunday 27th May.

A cold and disturbed southwesterly airstream covers New Zealand with one front lying north to south through Otago and Southland.   Further cold fronts lie over southern Westland and north Fiordland.    Slow moving depressions lie south of the South Island and east of the Chatham Islands.  A slow moving anticyclone lies southwest of Adelaide and covers much of Australia.   The cold southwesterly airstream over New Zealand is bringing snow to low levels over the southern half of the South Island.   Conditions will remain very slow moving over the country for the next several days.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy to overcast skies with showers of sleet and snow.   The snow could be heavy above 400 metres.   The snow level rising to 600 metres this afternoon.    Cold temperatures.     Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 6.5 degrees.   Wanaka 6.8 degrees.   Kinloch 6.6 degrees.   Arrowtown 6.0 degrees.     Frosts this morning Queenstown minus 2.9 degrees.   Arrowtown minus 4.8 degrees.   5 cm snow lying in Arrowtown.    Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest gale 65 kph developing this morning, then easing to 40 kph in the evening.   At 2000 metres northwest severe gale 110 kph developing early morning, easing to gale 70 kph in the afternoon and to 40 kph at night.   Freezing level lowering to 500 metres early morning, then gradually rising to 800 metres.   Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston, Glenorchy and Wanaka 6 degrees.   For Cromwell and Alexandra 7 degrees.
 
Tomorrow partly cloudy with a few showers of rain or sleet. Snow down to 500 metres, more particularly about Kingston.    The snow level lifting in the evening.   Light to moderate northwesterly winds turning light southerly during the morning.
 
Saturday cloudy with a few showers developing in the afternoon.   Snow down to 700 metres.   Fresh southwesterlies, strong or gale force in exposed areas.
 
Sunday any showers clearing and becoming fine during the morning.   Fresh to strong southerlies, decreasing during the day.    Light frosts in many places at night.
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Saturday 26th May.

A very disturbed and cold southwesterly airstream covers New Zealand and the Tasman Sea.   Several cold fronts are crossing the North Island with frequent thunderstorms and periods of rain.   Cold fronts also lie over the northeast of the South Island, Westland and a further one moving onto Puysegur Point this morning.   Sleety showers are expected today in southern districts with further fronts expected tomorrow and Friday.   A large anticyclone is slow moving over the Australian Bight but is expected to make very little progress eastwards over the next few days with the cold southwesterlies expected to continue over New Zealand.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with sleety showers this morning then clearing this afternoon to be confined to areas about and south of Kingston.   A general clearance everywhere is likely by this evening.    Light to moderate southwesterly winds, decreasing and turning northwesterly this evening.    Cold temperatures with frosts tonight.   Rainfall readings recorded for the last 24 hours were Queenstown 25.7 mm.    Arrowtown 30.5 mm.   Kinloch 21.5 mm.   Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 6.7 degrees.   Wanaka 8.6 degrees.   Kinloch 8.2 degrees.   Arrowtown 6.1 degrees.    Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southwest 40 kph turning northwest 30 kph this evening.   At 2000 metres southwest 40 kph turning northwest 40 kph this evening.    Freezing level 800 metres.   Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 6 degrees.   Wanaka and Cromwell 7 degrees.   Alexandra 8 degrees.
 
Tomorrow rain developing in the early morning and becoming heavy at times with snow down to 500 metres.    Rain continuing about the western ranges through until the evening but becoming scattered light rain elsewhere.    Strong northwest gales about exposed areas but mostly moderate northwesterlies elsewhere.
 
Friday and Saturday cloudy or partly cloudy with showers at times and snow to 500 metres, rising to 800 metres by Friday evening.    South to southwesterlies, strong at times and gale in exposed areas.
 
 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago up until Friday 25th May.

A very disturbed and unstable westerly airstream covers New Zealand with southwesterlies over the Tasman Sea.   A very deep depression is south of the South Island and is slow moving.   Numerous fronts will be moving across the country in the next few days.  Unsettled showery weather will prevail through until the weekend.
 
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for overcast skies with widespread rain, heavy at times and thunderstorms likely about the western ranges.   Northwesterly winds will be strong to gale force in exposed areas and moderate to fresh elsewhere.   Cool temperatures.   Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 9.3 degrees.   Wanaka 9.4 degrees.   Kinloch no report.   Arrowtown 6.7 degrees.    Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres northwest gale 65 kph, rising to severe gale 90 kph early morning then easing to westerly 50 kph in the afternoon and to southwest 35 kph in the evening.   At 2000 metres northwest rising to severe gale 110 kph this morning, easing to westerly 60 kph this afternoon, and to southwest 35 kph in the evening.     forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Wanaka 9 degrees.   For Glenorchy 8 degrees.   For Cromwell and Alexandra 10 degrees.
 
Tomorrow mainly cloudy with a few showers at times, moderate southwest winds and cool temperatures.
 
Thursday periods of rain with snow lowering to 600 metres.   Fresh westerlies, gale force in exposed areas.
 
Friday cold and showery with snow to 500 metres at first.   Fresh southwesterly winds, turning more southerly later.