HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Light trade winds are expected to become gusty westerly winds as a cold front moves through the islands this week. A Wind Advisory will go into effect Monday at noon until 6 a.m. Wednesday for north and east sections of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui.
The front could also bring an increase in showers. Moderate rainfall amounts are expected, but there's a chance of localized heavy showers as well.
Increasing southwest Kona winds are forecast for Monday as the front approaches from the northwest. The front should pass over the islands Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Honolulu said southwest winds will reach 25 to 35 mph with localized gusts over 55 mph.
For much of this week, winds will be blowing from the west-northwest, which is an unusual direction. The winds will be strongest for Molokai westward, which could mean that strong downslope winds could affect the normally windward areas of Oahu, as well as areas east and northeast of the Waianae mountains.
The summits and interior areas of the Big Island of Hawaii could also be windy for much of the week. A Wind Advisory is already in effect for Big Island summits until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Yet another front is forecast to move quickly through the state Friday and Friday night, with a brief return of drier weather and lighter winds for the weekend.