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High surf advisory extended for south shores of all Hawaiian islands

JAMM AQUINO / JULY 6, 2021
                                A high surf advisory is in effect for all south shores until 6 a.m. Sunday. A surfer is seen here riding a large wave at Kewalo Basin on Oahu during a south swell in 2021.
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JAMM AQUINO / JULY 6, 2021

A high surf advisory is in effect for all south shores until 6 a.m. Sunday. A surfer is seen here riding a large wave at Kewalo Basin on Oahu during a south swell in 2021.

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m.

The high surf advisory for south shores of all Hawaiian islands has been extended until Sunday at 6 a.m.

National Weather Service forecasters said large waves of 7 to 10 feet will continue to hit the shores of Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Oahu and the Big Island.

The south swell peaked Friday “and will continue to decline over the next few days,” the latest advisory said.

The advisory said “strong breaking waves and strong currents will make swimming dangerous.”

SATURDAY 8:20 a.m.

The high surf warning for south shores of all islands has been replaced with a high surf advisory, according to National Weather Service forecasters said.

The advisory, which is in effect until 6 p.m. today, says large breaking waves of 8 to 12 feet are expected for “portions of Kahoolawe, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Oahu and the Big Island.”

The advisory said “strong breaking waves and strong currents will make swimming dangerous.”

FRIDAY 4:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf warning for south shores of all islands until noon Saturday.

The warning replaces the earlier high surf advisory for the same shores.

Forecasters say the south swell will generate surf from 11 to 15 feet along southern shores through Saturday morning. “Surf heights will decrease afterward through midweek as the swell eases,” they said.

“Expect very strong breaking waves and powerful currents. Waves breaking in channel entrances may make navigating the channels dangerous,” the warning says.

The weather services advises the public to stay away from the affected shorelines, be prepared for road closures, and postpone entering or leaving channels affected by the high surf.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

A high surf advisory is in effect for the south shores of all islands through 6 p.m. Saturday.

A south swell will build surf along south shores to advisory levels today, possibly peaking near warning levels tonight through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. A downward trend is expected Sunday through midweek as the swell eases.

Forecasters say to expect surf of 7 to 10 feet this afternoon, peaking near 10 to 14 feet late tonight into Saturday.

“Strong breaking waves and strong currents will make swimming dangerous,” the NWS said in a bulletin.

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