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Kauai officials advise against swimming, snorkeling on south shores due to high surf advisory

Kauai officials are advising the public not to swim or snorkel on all south- and west-facing beaches stretching from Kalapaki to Kekaha due to high surf and dangerous ocean conditions.

A high surf advisory was issued this morning for the south-facing shores of all isles, effective through 6 p.m. this evening.

Weather officials said surf is expected to reach 6 to 10 feet today along south-facing shores, and gradually subside tonight through tomorrow.

In addition to strong, breaking waves, impacts include strong currents that make swimming dangerous. Beachgoers should exercise caution and heed all advice from ocean safety officials.

On Kauai, lifeguards are reporting waves of 8 to 10 feet on the south shore, with very strong rip currents. Beachgoers are urged to heed all posted warnings and advisories and speak to a county lifeguard before entering the water.

Forecasters, meanwhile, said humid conditions and light trades will continue today as a weak surface trough lingers over the central portion of the island chain.

The trades will gradually build Tuesday and Wednesday as high pressure strengthens northwest of the state and the surface trough dissipates. Rainfall will focus on windward slopes, while leeward areas will mostly remain dry.

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