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Hawaii to see temporary burst of tradewinds today, another northwest swell this weekend

  • JAMM AQUINO / FEB. 6, 2017
                                The National Weather Service says Hawaii will see a temporary “burst of strong and breezy trades” for a period of seven to 10 hours before trending down tonight.

    JAMM AQUINO / FEB. 6, 2017

    The National Weather Service says Hawaii will see a temporary “burst of strong and breezy trades” for a period of seven to 10 hours before trending down tonight.

The tradewinds will pick up again in Hawaii today, and are expected to be in the gusty range by this afternoon, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service says Hawaii will see a temporary “burst of strong and breezy trades” for a period of seven to 10 hours before trending down again tonight.

The wind acceleration will be felt mostly along ridgelines and valleys, particularly downwind of the Kohala Mountains, and central valleys of Maui and Lanai.

Today’s forecast includes partly cloudy skies, scattered showers and highs from 79 to 84 degrees. The clouds continue tonight, with scattered showers, and lows from 71 to 76.

Winds will be in the 15 to 25 mph range today, then ease into the 15 to 20 mph range tonight, forecasters said.

By Saturday, the tradewinds trend down again into the light to variable range, which will continue on Sunday.

Surf, meanwhile, continues to drop today along the north and west shores, following the expiration of a high surf warning Thursday evening.

The pattern will continue over the weekend, but advisory-level surf may return to these shores with the arrival of another swell on Saturday, and may build to warning levels from late Sunday through Monday, according to the weather service.

Surf on north shores of Oahu falls to 8 to 12 feet this afternoon, then rises again to 12 to 16 feet on Saturday. West shores will see waves of to 6 to 8 feet this afternoon, then 8 to 12 feet on Saturday. South and east shore surf is expected to remain steady at 1 to 3 feet today and Saturday, forecasters said.

Officials warn of worsening erosion issues along exposed shores due to the duration of advisory level surf for north and west shores.

The first record high temperature of December was set in Kahului on Thursday when the thermometer hit 89 degrees, breaking the previous record of 88 set for that day in 1995.

The weather service said a small craft advisory for most Hawaiian waters, from northwest of Kauai to southeast of Hawaii island, has been extended through 6 a.m. Saturday.

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