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High surf may stick around through Thursday

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:12 p.m. HST, Jan 7, 2012

The National Weather Service extended a high surf advisory for most north and west facing shores through Monday morning and it could be extended again, possibly into Thursday, as a series of winter swells rolls through the islands, National Weather Service forecasters say.

Wave faces on Oahu's North Shore are predicted to be 10 to 15 feet today, rising to 18 to 22 feet on Sunday. West facing shores will 8 to 12 ft today and 10 to 15 feet on Sunday.

The current high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 a.m. Monday for north and west facing shores of Niihau Kauai and Oahu and north facing shores of Molokai and Maui.

The swell is expected to decline overnight, but a larger northwest swell is forecast to arrive Sunday, followed by another reinforcement swell on Wednesday.

The weather service says the rapidly rising surf Sunday will create dangerous ocean conditions, including strong rip currents.

Inexperienced swimmers are urged to stay out of the water and beachgoers should stay well away from the water's edge where the waves hit the shoreline.

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