Forecast: Enjoy the trade winds before it gets muggy over the weekend

Forecast: Enjoy the trade winds before it gets muggy over the weekend

The trade winds are still blowing our way as an area of high pressure that is parked to our north produces locally breezy trade winds.  Today will be beautiful!

During the overnight hours, these winds pushed a shower band over the islands and keep windward areas rather wet over the eastern end of the state early this morning. It will turn drier for the western end of the state as the shower band shifts south and dissipates and things overall will be drying out across the state for your Thursday.

Enjoy the trade winds while they are here, because we are expecting a shift in the winds to come our way Friday into Saturday.  This will bring on muggy weather for the islands during the weekend. 

We are tracking a weak surface trough, an area of low pressure, that will likely approach the islands from the northeast and then stall near the islands through the weekend. This will lead to daytime sea breezes and nighttime land breezes to take over late-Friday through Monday with afternoon clouds and showers over interior areas.

There is the possibility of heat induced pop up showers for interior neighborhoods during this time period.  Then on Tuesday into Wednesday, we can expect for a new area of high pressure to build north of the Aloha State next week bringing a return of the trade wind weather pattern.

For your summer swell, we are tracking a moderate short-period swell that will continue along east facing shores through your Thursday, followed by a decline Friday and over the weekend. Small north and northwest swells will be possible this weekend and into the middle of next week.

We are also tracking activity over the Eastern Pacific, on the second day of hurricane season.  Sea surface temperatures are very warm across the Pacific Ocean.  We will keep watching for tropical cyclone activity.

Your 7-day forecast calls for a shift in the winds after today, but until then, expect the trade winds to clock in at 10 to 20 mph. Today calls for sunny and breezy conditions along with an isolated shower or two in the morning but more windward showers for Hawaii Island.  Afternoon highs will range from 79 to 87 degrees.

- Jennifer Robbins

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