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Showers continue to dampen Hawaii as surf increases along north shores

Showers are expected to continue for most Hawaiian isles today, according to forecasters, although the National Weather Service canceled the flash flood watch for Oahu early on Wednesday afternoon.

Weather officials say spotty, heavy showers are expected along the southeast of a front as it stalls over Maui County today, but is expected to dissipate by tonight. Most of Maui is expected to be cloudy, with scattered showers, which are expected for all isles today, especially along leeward facing slopes.

Highs for most isles are expected to range from 85 to 90 degrees today and dip to 70 to 75 tonight. Southwest winds remain at about 15 mph through tonight.

A wind advisory, meanwhile, has been issued for Hawaii island summits due to southwest winds of 30 to 50 mph, effective through 6 p.m. Friday.

Surf is expected to build along north facing shores today, from 5 to 7 feet this afternoon to 8 to 12 feet on Friday due to a north-northwest swell. Surf for west facing shores is expected to build from 2 to 4 feet today to 4 to 6 feet on Friday.

The swell is expected to gradually lower from Friday night into Saturday, but another one arrives late Saturday.

Surf for the remaining shores will stay low, at 1 to 3 feet for south shores, and 2 to 4 feet for east shores, today through Friday evening.

Forecasters said northwest winds behind the dissipating front should ease the humidity this weekend, and that trades are expected to return on Monday.

A record high of 88 degrees, meanwhile, was set at Hilo on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 87 set for that day in 2003. It was Hilo’s sixth record high for October.

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