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Tropical Storm Ana leaves muggy weather in its wake

    Skies began to clear Monday over Aloha Tower.

Ana may be gone from the main Hawaiian Islands, but the storm left behind hot, muggy tropical weather conditions.

Tropical moisture in the wake of Ana will linger over the islands, National Weather Service forecasters said, and bring a return of the unseasonably humid and hot weather of previous weeks.

The forecast for the state Monday calls for partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers into the evening.

The high pressure system that kept Ana to the south of the islands has moved to the northeast and is bringing moderate tradewinds, which should cool some of the muggy conditions.

But expect the tradewinds to lighten on Tuesday, and leeward areas could see light easterly to southeasterly winds, forecasters said.

Windward and mauka showers may increase in the mornings Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by afternoon showers caused by humid conditions and sea breezes in leeward sections.

The light winds, muggy conditions and afternoon showers could continue through the weekend.

Waves generated by Ana combined with a northwest swell from a storm in the North Pacific also prompted a high surf advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Surf of 10 to 15 feet was expected along north-facing shores of Oahu, Kauai County, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island. 8 to 10 foot faces were forecast for west shores and south shores of Kauai and Niihau should have 5 to 8 foot surf.

Late Monday morning, Tropical Storm Ana turned to the northwest, moving along at 8 mph. At 11 a.m. the storm was about 310 miles west-southwest of Lihue and 395 miles west of Honolulu.

Ana’s winds weakened to 65 mph. The storm could intensify back to hurricane strength as it moves through the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the islands from Nihoa to Maro Reef and a tropical storm warning is posted from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals.

Ana’s forecast path takes it on a sharp turn to the north and then to the northeast, several hundred miles north of Hawaii on Saturday.

Ana is not likely to move south, back over the islands, said John Bravender, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Honolulu office. Instead, the moisture from what’s left of Ana will likely be blown to the mainland, where it could bring rain to the West Coast next week.

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