Trade winds backing off a little to begin the new week

Trade wind weather conditions are expected well into next week, with only some fluctuations in wind speeds as systems pass to the north. A weakening cold front will sink southward but not reach the state, but will cause the trades to back off into Monday before picking up speed again Tuesday. Lighter winds with some increased moisture around Kauai and Oahu could result in more afternoon clouds and a chance of pop-up showers in interior sections of those islands.

Another weakening front passing to the north will again weaken the trades later this week. Otherwise, passing clouds and showers will affect windward and mauka areas during the nights and mornings through the next seven days. We’ll also have some patchy high clouds over the state through Tuesday, which could make for some nice sunrises and sunsets.

Surf is going to remain below advisory levels for the coming week. north shores will be trending downward, with the next small to moderate swell expected during the second half of next week. A small south swell is filling in for the weekend, while east shores will continue to have a choppy trade wind swell. A small craft advisory is in effect for waters around Maui County and the Big Island due to strong winds and higher seas.

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