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Forecast: Trade winds return on this warm Aloha Friday

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Easterly trade winds will strengthen today, and not a moment too soon.

The afternoon highs will be in the mid 80s, temperatures we haven't seen for a while. By afternoon, the National Weather Service says winds will reach 15 to 20 mph. There will be a few passing morning showers falling mainly in the Windward and mauka areas.

Skies will be partly sunny today. Your best bet for blue sky will be Leeward neighborhoods.

Waves in the country are slowly declining but remain dangerously big. The National Weather Service says sizes this morning will be 16 to 22 feet for north shores, 10 to 15 feet for west shores, 4 to 6 feet for east shores, and 1 to 3 feet for south shores, dropping as the day progresses.

The next advisory-sized winter swell is expected Sunday. A High Surf Advisory is in effect for north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai and north shores of Maui and Hawaii Island. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for most waters due to elevated seas of 8 to 12 feet.

- Dan Cooke

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