Forecast: Get ready for a muggy holiday weekend with light winds and afternoon pop-up showers
May 27, 2016 at 9:09 AM HST - Updated July 24 at 12:44 PM
Happy Aloha Friday! The unofficial start to summer kicks off this weekend with Memorial Day, and we are expecting light winds to take on the state.
Weather models show a hint of the trade winds but they will be rather slow and behave more like the sea breeze flow rather than classic trade wind flow. Since the winds are so light, the daytime sea breezes will produce clouds and showers over interior and leeward areas during the afternoon. Afternoon highs will climb to the low to mid 80s, but it will feel warmer with the light winds.
You can also expect for the light winds to bring in volcanic haze, or vog, from Kilauea to spread over the islands from the Big Island. We expect slightly stronger trade winds to return starting on Memorial Day Monday as an area of high pressure strengthens to our north. However, the trades may remain lighter than normal through next week allowing for the muggy weather to linger.
SURF OUTLOOK: Your surf forecast calls for a southwest swell that is expected to slowly build today, peak Friday, then slowly subside over the weekend, with surf along south facing shores remaining below the advisory level. A small northwest swell is possible Sunday and Monday. A small south swell may arrive by next Wednesday.
Enjoy this warm Aloha Friday and have a safe Memorial Day weekend.