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Leeward areas should see nice weather for eclipse and Easter Sunday

    A composite satellite image taken Friday afternoon shows mostly clear skies over Oahu, with some cloudiness over the Big Island. An area of tropical moisture that could bring rain to the islands is staying mostly south of the state.

National Weather Service forecasters expect typical spring tradewind weather this weekend, which should make for good viewing of the eclipse early Saturday and partly to mostly sunny skies on Easter Sunday in leeward sections of Oahu.

Windward and mauka areas of all islands may see some cloudiness and showers overnight and in the morning hours through Sunday.

Forecasters say southeast winds of about 10 mph may cause rain clouds to build up over parts of Oahu, bringing a chance of scattered showers Friday afternoon.

But the skies should clear Friday evening. 

An area of tropical moisture and rain near the Big Island Friday morning appears to be passing south of the state, rather than over Hawaii island.

Derek Wroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there’s a possibility of thin, high clouds moving over Oahu that might block some of the lunar eclipse early Saturday morning. Windward and mauka areas could also get the usual tradewind showers.

Tradewinds may be breezy on Sunday, gusting to 30 mph in spots.

Otherwise, the forecast for the islands calls for partly sunny to partly clouds in leeward areas through Tuesday and partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies in windward areas with scattered windward and mauka showers. Some of the windward showers may blow over to leeward sides with the tradewinds.

Highs should be between 81 and 87 degrees with lows between 69 and 74 degrees.

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