Trade winds to increase, but not quite enough to beat the summer heat

Trade winds are forecast to become locally breezy Wednesday with another increase in wind speeds expected this weekend as a ridge strengthens to the north. Dew points will still be in the lower 70′s, so heat index temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90′s for much of the week, but hopefully the stronger trades will bring a little relief. We’re also expecting an increase in clouds and showers for the second half of the week, with most of the activity for the usual windward and mauka areas. The winds may push some of those showers leeward.

In surf, a small north-northwest swell will peak overnight and then slowly lower through Thursday. Some small southerly swells are also expected through Thursday, but bigger swells are expected Friday through Sunday. The latter swell could bring surf to advisory levels Sunday and Monday. The increasing trade winds will produce short-period choppy surf for east-facing shores.

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