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Forecast: Passing showers in store for parts of the state

We're tracking remnant moisture from a dissipating cold front to our north, which is bringing some passing showers to Oahu, Maui County, parts of Puna District on Hawaii Island. Most of the showers associated with this front are light, and they will gradually fade away Monday afternoon. In the sea breeze flow, a few afternoon pop-up showers are possible over interior locations.

With the passing of fronts and a weak area of high pressure located to our north, the winds will remain fairly light overall. Through Thursday, we'll remain in this pattern and we can expect a few passing clouds and showers during the afternoon hours.

During this weather pattern, expect afternoon highs to range between 78 to 85 degrees with light winds. Overnight temperatures will likely drop to about 65 to 70 degrees with the land breeze taking over.

A more significant cold front will pass the islands on Thursday night into Friday and it has a better chance of bringing us more rain for Kauai and Oahu. It is not strong enough to bring widespread rain, but we will see an increase on the western-end of the state as it treks to our north.

TROPICAL STORM PALI:

History in the making! We are tracking Tropical Storm Pali over the Central Pacific basin. It's on its way to become a hurricane. If it does, it will be the earliest out-of-season hurricane in the Central Pacific basin. The last time we had a hurricane form in January was in 1992 on January 29th. This is the fifth day in a row that Pali has been maintaining tropical storm status. Right now, it is churning over waters that are about 82 degrees. It is located about 1300 miles southwest of Hawaii.  It is not a threat to the islands, but it is fascinating to see a hurricane this early in the year over the Central Pacific.

SURF OUTLOOK:

The National Weather Service has extended a High Surf Warning for most north and west facing shores as a large northwest swell will continue to generate big surf. It's expected to slowly lower as we head into the evening. The next large northwest swell is expected later in the week, which will likely generate advisory-level seas and possibly warning-level surf once again by Friday, which could linger into the weekend. Until then, expect north shores to climb to 18 to 25 feet today, and on west shores between 12 to 20 feet. Check with Ocean Safety for specific beach conditions throughout the week.

NWS Watches/Warnings/Advisories:

High surf warning until 6 p.m. for north- and west-facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and north-facing shores of Maui.

Small craft advisory until 6 p.m. for Kauai northwest waters, Kauai windward waters, Kauai leeward waters, Kauai channel, Oahu windward waters, Oahu leeward waters, Kaiwi Channel, Maui county windward waters, Alenuihaha channel, Big Island windward waters.

- Jennifer Robbins and Guy Hagi

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