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Latest South Island Weather Forecast

This forecast was transmitted by ZKIB BASE thisevening on our 7.30pm voice call  to all of our field sets located in the South Island and Stewart Island.

  

Situation Statement

Issued: 8:46am Thursday

Weak fronts move up central and northern New Zealand today, followed by a ridge spreading across the country from the south.


Short Forecast

Issued: 1:37pm Thursday

Valid to: Midnight Friday

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Fine.

Otago and Southland

Fine today. Scattered rain spreading north tomorrow morning.

Buller to Fiordland

Fine today. Isolated showers tomorrow, turning to rain in Fiordland, with some heavy falls possible.


Extended Brief Forecast

Issued: 10:55am Thursday

Saturday

South Island, rain at times in the south and west. Mainly fine elsewhere,apart from isolated afternoon showers for the Nelson Lakes and ranges, inland Marlborough and the Canterbury ranges.

Sunday

South Island, rain at times in the west and south, cloud increasing in the east with a period of rain.

Monday

South Island, Rain or showers gradually clearing.


Brief Mountain Forecast

Issued at 12:04pm Thursday

Valid to Midnight Friday

South Island

Kaikoura Ranges:

A few showers, clearing to fine this evening.

Kahurangi to Mount Aspiring National Park:

Fine today. Isolated showers tomorrow, becoming more frequent about Aspiring towards evening.

Fiordland National Park:

Fine today. Rain developing tomorrow morning, with some heavy falls possible, then clearing in the far south tomorrow evening.

WINDS: Northwesterlies, strong in exposed places south of Nelson Lakes.

Freezing Level: About 3200 metres.


Extended Mountain Forecast

Issued at: 1:55pm Thursday

South Island

Saturday:

Cloudy periods. Periods of rain in the west. Scattered rain at first south of Queenstown then cloudy periods. Light winds, strong northwesterlies developing about Fiordland later.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres.

Sunday:

Rain about and west of the Main Divide easing to isolated showers in Fiordland later. Cloud increasing and rain developing in the east. Northwesterlies strengthening,gale in Fiordland easing later.

Freezing Level: Above 3000 metres, lowering to 1800 metres in fiordland at night.

Monday:

Rain in the south and east easing to showers then clearing later. Fine spells and a few showers in the west. Strong or gale westerlies.

Freezing Level: Lowering to 2800 metres in the north and 1800 metres in the south.


Nelson Lakes National Park

Tomorrow - Friday

Issued at: 11:42am Thursday

Mainly fine, but isolated showers from evening.

Freezing level 3600m

Saturday

Mainly fine. Isolated afternoon and evening showers.

Freezing level 3500m

Sunday

Rain at times. Southwesterlies.

Freezing level  Above 3000 metres.

Monday

Rain, clearing later. Strong westerlies.

Freezing level  Lowering to 2200 metres.


Canterbury High Country

Tomorrow

Issued at 11:31am Thursday

Fine with high cloud. However south of Tekapo, cloud increasing and scattered light rain from afternoon

Wind at 1000 metres: Northwest rising to 60 km/h in the morning, then easing to 30 km/h in the evening.

Wind at 2000 metres: Northwest rising to gale 70 km/h in the morning, then easing to 30 km/h in the evening.

Freezing level: Above 3000 metres.

Sat Dec 16

Areas morning cloud, then fine, apart from isolated afternoon and evening showers.

Wind at 1000 metres: Northwest 30 km/h.

Wind at 2000 metres: Northwest 50 km/h.

Freezing level: Above 3000 metres.

Sun Dec 17

Cloud increasing, rain developing. Westerlies strengthening.

Mon Dec 18

Rain, easing to isolated showers later. Snow lowering to 1500 metres. Strong westerlies easing.


Westland Forecast

Issued at: 12:29pm 14 Dec

FRIDAY

Cloudy with isolated showers. Northerlies.

SATURDAY

Cloudy, occasional rain. Northerlies.

SUNDAY

Periods of rain and northwesterlies developing, southwesterly later.

MONDAY

Showers easing. Southwesterlies.

TUESDAY

Cloudy periods, late showers developing. Southwesterlies.


Southern Lakes

Tomorrow

Issued at 11:31am Thursday

Cloudy. Scattered rain developing in the morning, heavier and more persistent about the headwaters.

Wind at 1000 metres: Northwest 50 km/h, easing to 30 km/h in the evening.

Wind at 2000 metres: Northwest gale 75 km/h, easing to 50 km/h in the evening.

Freezing level: Above 3000 metres.

Sat Dec 16

Morning cloud and light rain clearing, then fine, apart from isolated afternoon and evening showers.

Wind at 1000 metres: Northwest 40 km/h.

Wind at 2000 metres: Northwest 50 km/h, rising to gale 65 km/h in the evening.

Freezing level: Above 3000 metres.

Sun Dec 17

Cloudy periods, rain developing. Westerlies strengthening.

Mon Dec 18

Morning rain with snow down to 1500 metres, then isolated showers. Southwesterlies, easing later.


Mt Aspiring National Park

Tomorrow - Friday 15 December

Issued at: 11:42am Thursday

Rain, possibly heavy at times. Snow flurries to 2800m. Northwest rising to gale early morning, severe gale at higher levels for a time during the day. Winds easing from evening.

Freezing level 2800m

Saturday 16 December

Cloudy periods, occasional rain.

Freezing level 3400m

Sunday 17 December

Rain, easing to isolated showers. Gale northwesterlies easing.

Freezing level  Lowering to 3000 metres.

Monday 18 December

Showers clearing and fine spells developing. Strong or gale westerlies.

Freezing level  Lowering to 1800 metres.


Fiordland National Park

Tomorrow - Friday

Issued at: 11:42am Thursday

Rain, possibly heavy at times, clearing from evening, but remaining cloudy. Gale northwesterlies, severe gale at higher levels for a time during the day. Winds easing from evening.

Freezing level 3000m

Saturday

Occasional rain, mainly about the coast. Northwesterlies, rising to gale in exposed places from evening.

Freezing level 3500m

Sunday

Rain, easing to isolated showers. Gale northwesterlies easing.

Freezing level  Lowering to 2200 metres.

Monday

Mainly fine, isolated showers. Strong or gale westerlies.

Freezing level  Lowering to 1500 metres.


Southland Forecast

Issued at: 12:29pm 14 Dec

FRIDAY

Cloudy. Scattered rain developing in the morning, clearing in the evening. Northeasterlies, turning southerly in the afternoon.

SATURDAY

Morning cloud and scattered light rain, clearing and becoming fine for most. However, some isolated showers remain inland and about Stewart Island, clearing in the evening. Light winds, but westerlies about Stewart Island.

SUNDAY

Scattered rain becoming widespread for a time. A southwest change.

MONDAY

Showers becoming isolated early and clearing inland. Southwesterlies dying out.

TUESDAY

Cloud increasing and rain developing. A southwest change.


Foveaux

Valid to Midnight Friday

Issued at 12:54pm Thursday

Forecast:

Northeast 20 knots but variable 10 knots about the Strait, becoming northwest 25 knots everywhere Friday morning, then changing southwest 15 knots Friday afternoon. Easing to variable 10 knots Friday evening. Sea becoming rough for a time. Southwest swell 1 metre, dying out. Northeast swell 1 metre. Poor visibility in rain developing late Friday morning, clearing late Friday afternoon.

Three Day Outlook:

Becoming Saturday morning northeast 15 knots, turning Sunday southwest 20 knots,then Monday northwest 15 knots. Moderate southwest swell developing offshore



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