Forecast: Mostly clear skies, light trade winds for Aloha Friday - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Forecast: Mostly clear skies, light trade winds for Aloha Friday

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Happy Aloha Friday! It is a gorgeous day in paradise with the light trade winds. Almost everyone is waking up to clear skies. Moisture associated with the remnants of a cold front that is located southeast of Hawaii Island will keep generating light showers over the southeast slopes and windward areas of the Big Island this morning.

A stable air mass will remain over the state through Saturday. With some moisture in our wind flow, we can expect some windward and mauka neighborhoods to see clouds today and on Saturday with mostly sunny skies on the leeward side.

Winds will begin to shift as an approaching front comes our way. By Saturday evening, much lighter winds will take over the state. The variable winds will blow across the isles with sea breezes and land breezes developing on Sunday and Monday and that may bring some haze to the islands and afternoon interior clouds. Windward slopes of the Big Island could see some lingering moisture, but for most places, interior clouds and isolated showers will favor afternoon hours for most of the islands. 

As another weak front approaches the islands, we may see showers develop along the front on north-facing slopes with most of the action staying on windward and mauka sides. As we've seen with past weak fronts, the tail-end of these fronts will likely produce just some light rainfall across the islands. On Sunday and Monday the focus will be on the western end of the state as the front moves through the island chain. Then again, we can expect northerly winds to form behind the front that will then quickly become variable, then likely shift out of the southwest by Tuesday.

A series of northwest swells will be pumping over the Pacific Ocean and these will bring two warning-level swells our way after a lull in the action early in the weekend.

NWS SURF OUTLOOK: A large west-northwest swell arriving early Sunday will likely cause surf heights to reach the high surf warning criteria along north and west facing shores from late Sunday through Monday. This swell will slowly diminish on Tuesday. An even larger northwest swell arriving early Wednesday is expected to cause surf heights to again build to warning levels along north- and west-facing shores from late Wednesday through Thursday. We will check in with organizers to see if this will get the EDDIE going!

Jennifer Robbins 

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