Forecast: Trade winds will ramp up today - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Forecast: Trade winds will ramp up today

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Breezy with passing showers today. A very warm afternoon is expected.

High in Honolulu will be 89 degrees.

High pressure north of the state will keep solid trade winds in place through the middle of next week. The trades will ramp up tonight through the 4th of July weekend, with windy conditions expected across the state. Typical trade wind showers are expected today in advance of a much drier airmass approaching from the east for Friday and Saturday. A wetter trade wind pattern will begin Saturday night as some deep tropical moisture gets drawn northward into the islands. Expect frequent windward and mauka rainfall Sunday and Monday with passing showers for leeward neighborhoods. Plan your holiday accordingly.

The strong winds will whip up east side surf and waves could reach the advisory trigger of 8 feet by Saturday. Today's surf forecast from the NWS: 4-6 feet east, 2-4 feet south, 1-3 feet west, 1-2 feet north.

Effective 6 p.m. this evening, a Small Craft Advisory will be posted for almost all Hawaii waters. At that time a Gale Watch will also go up for Maalaea Bay, Pailolo and Alehuihaha channels, and coastal waters south and west of the Big Island.

- Dan Cooke

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