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Light winds continue through Thursday; another northwest swell coming this weekend

Light winds are expected to continue in a southeast flow, particularly across the smaller isles today through Thursday, forecasters said, bringing spotty showers to interior areas each afternoon.

The southeast flow will remain in place because of a front approaching from the northwest, which places the smaller isles in the “wind shadow” of Hawaii island. West Maui and Hawaii island will experience modest trades, along with windward rains.

Today’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy for most isles, with scattered showers and highs from 82 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Tonight becomes mostly clear with lows from 69 to 74.

Variable winds of up to 15 mph today slow down to 10 mph by tonight for the smaller isles.

The National Weather Service expects another northwest swell to arrive late Saturday, which could bring surf along those shores near advisory levels once again.

For now, the current north-northwest swell which brought an advisory on Tuesday continues to subside.

Surf on north facing shores at 10 to 14 feet this morning lowers to 8 to 12 feet tonight and to 4 to 6 feet on Thursday.

Surf on west facing shores at 7 to 10 feet this morning lowers to 6 to 8 feet by tonight, and then to 3 to 5 feet on Thursday.

Surf on south and east facing shores remain below advisory levels at anywhere between 2 to 4 feet and 4 to 6 feet.

On Tuesday, a record match was set at Kahului, with a high of 88 tying the previous record of 88 set in 1980. It was the second record match for Kahului so far this month, in addition to a record high set on Dec. 3.

Trades are expected to return statewide Friday as the front dissipates, and a “shot of breezy trade winds” is possible on Saturday.

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