Forecast: Trade winds begin to taper, bringing a muggy airmass

Forecast: Trade winds begin to taper, bringing a muggy airmass

The trade winds are greeting us again on this Tuesday, but they are becoming light and we are expecting some changes for the rest of the workweek. 

For today, an area of high pressure is parked to our north and it is bringing weakening trade winds our way; however, winds will slow down even more on Wednesday into Thursday due to a weather disturbance that will block and weaken the area of high pressure, which is also known as our "trade wind-maker."

WHAT TO EXPECT: For the second half of the week, you can expect south winds to take over the state. This will bring some haze to the islands throughout the week.  Expect afternoon showers to develop with this pattern after the heat of the day along with humid conditions.

For those sensitive to the vog, we will likely have a string of days with the trade winds absent.  Drink plenty of water and take care of yourself with limited time outside during the heat of the day.  The haze will likely thicken on Friday.

The latest weather models keeps the trade winds out of the picture at least for the next several days into the weekend after your Aloha Tuesday.

SURF OUTLOOK: Surf will remain below advisory levels on all shores through the forecast period. Small background surf will be affecting all shores. A small south-southwest swell is possible later this week, peaking Friday.  A small to moderate long-period south-southwest swell is expected Thursday night into Friday morning and will linger through the weekend as it fades. Surf should remain below advisory level through the day Friday as this southerly source peaks.

Your 7 day outlook calls for light trade winds today with winds blowing out of the east between 10 to 15 mph.  Afternoon highs today will range from 82 to 88 degrees.  The overnight lows will drop to 70 to 75 degrees.  Then you can expect a hazy forecast the rest of the workweek with variable winds and muggy conditions. The heat will be on and it will feel like summer even though it is still spring on the calendar.  

- Jennifer Robbins

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