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South Island Detailed Forecast

The Mountainwatch Detailed Forecast is provided by our resident meteorology sensei "The Grasshopper". The South Island analysis is issued around 7am every morning (maybe later on weekends) and is intended to provide an additional human element to the automated forecast data provided above. Sometimes we won't agree exactly with the model data - but if we ever call something significantly different we'll do our best to explain why.

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7:00am Friday 28 July 2017

Conditions Summary:
Wrap up warm folks it’s a cold one. We have temps between -4c and -10c. With a strong southerly and light snow showers in Canterbury where it is feeling colder than a witch’s t*t.

Synoptic Outlook:
A fat high moving in from the west will dominate the weather over the next few days setting us up for an ace weekend. Strong south-westerlies will put a chill in the air in Canterbury this morning between the incoming high and yesterday’s storm which is tracking east. It will be a partly cloudy day with light snow showers which will ease this afternoon.

A cold front swings in from the west on Monday. Winds will strengthen from the north-west importing milder air. As the front moves in we will have a rain/snow mix. We can expect 5-10 cm of wet snow above 1900m by the end of the day. Rain or sleet will fall on the lower slopes.

Image of the day:

The high to the west will give us a sun-filled weekend. Source:: BOM (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

Friday 28 July:
Sunny with light winds in Wanaka/Southern Lakes. Strong south-westerlies and light snow showers in The Canterbury High Country (1-4 cm) easing this afternoon.

Saturday 29 July:
Sunny. Light winds.

Sunday 30 July:
Sunny. Light winds. Moderate northerlies developing about The Divide.

Monday 31 July:
Mostly cloudy. Strong northerlies. A rain/snow mix in the afternoon turning progressively to rain. 5-10 cm of snow above 1900m.

Extended Outlook:
Tuesday will be mostly cloudy and mild with the chance of a light rain shower as a low in the Tasman spins to the north-west of the South Island. The low will throw a front our way on Wednesday. For most it will be too mild for snow. We will see rain showers in most resorts with 5-15mm on the cards. A high builds in from the west on Thursday. Winds will swing around to the south and temperatures will drop. Most ski fields should get a tidy shot of 10-20 cm of snow during this cold transition. I have my bug eyes fixed on another low tracking in from the west which could move east of the S. Island to give another dump to E. Canterbury. Its still early days but things are looking promising.

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