Forecast: An approaching cold front will weaken the trade winds

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Wet trade winds continue across most of the state today.

A cold front approaching from the northwest will cause our winds to weaken and veer from the southeast later today through Friday. This will allow sea breezes to trigger cloud buildups and locally heavy afternoon showers across island interiors Thursday and Friday.

Locally breezy trade winds should return this weekend.

A small, long-period west-northwest swell will continue to fill in across the state today. A reinforcing north-northwest swell arrives Saturday.

Small south swells will maintain background surf along south facing shores through Thursday.

A long period south swell arriving Friday will likely peak late Saturday above the seasonal south swell average, but just below the high surf advisory criteria. Breezy trade winds will produce choppy surf today, then taper off through the end of the week.

Small Craft Advisory until 6 p.m. for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo channel, Alenuihaha channel, Big Island leeward waters, Big Island southeast waters.

- Dan Cooke

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