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Today’s rains should clear by Election Day

  • NOAA / NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

    This composite satellite images shows a cold front moving south over the islands this morning.

A band of moisture moving over the state from the north is bringing cloudy skies and rain to the islands today, but most of the showers should pass by Tuesday, Election Day, on most islands.

The front moved over Kauai this morning and was expected to bring showers to Oahu into the evening.

“It’ll bring rainfall mainly to windward and north-facing terrains, but we’ll see some showers in leeward areas,” said Derek Wroe, a meteorologist with the Honolulu office of the National Weather Service. “By this evening, it should be clearing (on Oahu).”

Maui should see some rain this afternoon and the Big Island tonight as the cold front moves down the island chain.

Kauai saw about a quarter-inch of rain this morning.

“We’re not expecting a large accumulation of rainfall,” Wroe said.

Winds will be breezy after the front passes, but the tradewinds will drop off significantly later in the week, becoming light and variable.

The band of moisture may linger over parts of the Big Island on Tuesday, but other islands should see fairly typical tradewind weather with mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers in windward and mauka areas. Leeward areas should see partly cloudy skies with isolated showers. Winds will be from the east at 10 to 20 mph and highs will be between 82 and 87 degrees.

Meanwhile, a high surf warning is posted for north and west shores of Kauai County, Oahu and Molokai, and north shores of Maui and the Big Island. A high surf advisory is in effect for west shores of Maui.

Surf of 30 to 40 feet is expected along north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai and Molokai and north shores of Oahu and Maui through Tuesday. West shores of Oahu and north shores of Hawaii island could see 20- to 30-foot surf.

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