The trade wind weather pattern that we’ve been enjoying over the past few days will hold into the weekend, thanks to high pressure north of the state. The trades are expected to strengthen a bit over the weekend as a stronger high builds to the northeast. Low clouds and a few showers are expected for windward and mauka areas, and rainfall totals will remain light.
Looking ahead, the winds are forecast to become lighter and shift a bit Monday with the overall flow from the east-southeast as a strong cold front approaches from the northwest. The wind will be light enough to allow for afternoon clouds and showers for leeward areas, while windward areas could still see some showers during the nighttime hours. Daytime temperatures will also climb into the upper 80′s Tuesday through Thursday. The front should stall and weaken just northwest of Kauai.
At the beach, the current south swell continues to fade slowly, but a slightly larger series of southwest and south swells are expected over the weekend into the first half of the week, and could reach advisory levels by the middle of the week. A small northwest swell is forecast to boost north shore surf over the weekend as well, while east shores will creep upward over the next few days, thanks to the stronger trade winds.