An anticyclone still lies out to the east of the South Island and extends a ridge of high pressure over northern parts of the North Island. A trough of low pressure covers central parts of the country with unsettled weather. An associated cold front lies over Marlborough and Nelson. Another large anticyclone lies centred southeast of Tasmania and extends a ridge of high pressure to the south of the South Island.
Forecast for the Southern Lakes and Central Otago for today is for cloudy to overcast skies and occasional rain with fresh snow down to 1000 metres. Moderate to fresh south to southeasterly winds and cool temperatures. Maximum temperatures recorded yesterday were Queenstown 15.5 degrees. Wanaka 18.6 degrees. Kinloch 16.6 degrees. Arrowtown 15.2 degrees. Forecast upper level winds for today at 1000 metres southerly 60 kph, easing to 30 kph. At 2000 metres southeast gale 65 kph, easing to 40 kph in the morning. Freezing level lowering to 1200 metres in the early morning. Forecast maximum temperatures for today for Queenstown, Kingston and Glenorchy 12 degrees. For Wanaka and Cromwell 13 degrees. For Alexandra 11 degrees.
Tomorrow and Saturday partly cloudy to cloudy conditions with southeasterlies dying away tomorrow and tending northeasterly on Saturday. A little rain developing about the western ranges on Saturday.
Sunday mainly fine but a few showers about the western ranges. Northerly winds tending westerly and freshening and temperatures moderate.