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    West-northwest winds blew rain clouds over Hawaii and Maui counties Thursday morning as another band of showers approached Kauai.

Partly sunny skies with “occasional spurts of moderate showers” and breezy west-northwest winds are expected to continue Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

A weak cold front that moved over Oahu overnight brought scattered showers to Maui County and Hawaii island Thursday morning, while westerly winds were expected to bring move scattered rain bands over Kauai and Oahu as another weak front passes.

“The winds will keep showers moving along quickly so they will be short lasting,” forecasters said. Winds could also become gusty around the passing showers.

A high wind warning continues for summits of Mauna Kea and mauna Loa.  West winds of 55 to 80 mph, with local gusts of more than 95 mph are forecast to continue until 6 p.m. Friday.

Surf is rising on north and west shores of Oahu and Kauai County, and north shores of Maui, where a high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Forecasters expect surf of 12 to 16 feet on north shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Niihau and 8 to 12 feet along west shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Niihau. The surf is forecast to peak Friday and a reinforcement swell could arrive Saturday.

The forecast for Honolulu and south shores of Oahu calls for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies Thursday and Friday, the first day of the Punahou Carnival, with scattered showers.

The weekend should bring drier weather, light and variable winds Saturday and south to southwest winds on Sunday, ahead of another cold front.

The winds could become gusty Sunday and Monday north and east of mountain ranges, where the winds may pickup speed downslope.

Some showers ahead of the front may arrive Sunday night. The front is expected to pass over Oahu late Monday into Tuesday.

“This front will also be a bit stronger and bring more showers than the ones passing over the state this week,” forecasters said.

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