Lighter southeast winds, light windward showers to begin the work week

We’re looking at a subtle change away from the very dry weather to begin the week, with the easterly trade winds shifting a little more southeasterly Monday and Tuesday. This means that the Big Island may block the wind flow, resulting in much lighter southeast winds for the smaller islands. Easterly trades should return Wednesday and Thursday. A few more clouds are also riding in with the trades, which will increase the showers for windward and mauka areas, although the rainfall totals will still be light. Winds will lighten up again Friday and Saturday.

The south shore swell is still heading downward, although there could be a slight bump Tuesday into Wednesday as a new small long-period south-southwest swell fills in. We’ll also get tiny northwest swells this week, while east shores will rise with a more established trade wind swell. A small craft advisory is posted until 6 p.m Tuesday for the usual windier waters around Maui County and the Big Island.

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