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Cooling tradewinds should return on Monday

    This satellite image taken Thursday afternoon shows clouds over the islands caused by daytime heating and a weather system south of the Big Island that could bring extra humidity and rains over the weekend.

Relief is in sight from the hot and muggy conditions of the past few weeks.

National Weather Service forecasters say moderate tradewinds could return Monday and bring a cooling breeze from the northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

“We’ll get out natural fan to turn on for us,” said Ian Morrison, a meteorologist with the Honolulu office of the National Weather Service. He said the tradewinds should stick around through the end of next week.

But until then, the pattern of light winds, high temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, and humid conditions with afternoon showers in leeward and mauka areas will continue through at least Saturday, forecasters said.

A passing weather system is expected to disrupt the tradewinds Friday and Saturday. But once the front moves away on Sunday, the light and variable winds should transition into light tradewinds. The tradewinds should strengthen Monday and Tuesday, finally bringing some relief to the extended period of hot and muggy weather.

Downtown Honolulu saw some scattered late morning showers caused by daytime heating on Thursday.

A weather system passing south of the islands may also bring some extra rain and humidity to parts of the Big Island over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said Hilo tied a record high for the date on Wednesday. The high temperature of 89 degrees tied a record set in 1995.

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