Front to bring Kona winds, chance of heavy rain

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Increasing southerly winds, humidity and showers are in the forecast for Thursday as a cold front approaches the state from the northwest.

According to the National Weather Service, the southerly Kona winds are expected to increase  throughout the day to 15 to 20 miles per hour as the front moves closer. Downslope windward areas of the islands could see higher gusts near 30 miles per hour.

The winds also could bring an increase in volcanic haze from the Big Island of Hawaii.

Showers have been forming ahead of the front as the strong south winds pull up moisture from the tropics.

The system is expected to reach Kauai tonight and then move across the rest of the state Friday. Winds will become northerly as the front passes, with cool temperatures Friday in the mid to upper 70s, and Friday night lows in the low to mid 60s.

Computer forecast models predict the front will stall out near the Big Island Friday and Saturday. A new upper level disturbance may form along the stalled front late Sunday, which may result in more heavy rain for Big Island areas already soaked by last week's storm. We'll monitor the forecasts closely.

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