Forecast: Gusty winds persist, heavy rain expected for the weekend

Forecast: Gusty winds persist, heavy rain expected for the weekend
Thursday forecast (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Strong trade winds will continue through Thursday, but will trend down Friday, and become lighter over the weekend.

A wind advisory remains posted through Thursday for portions of Maui and the Big Island. The trade winds will continue to deliver clouds and passing showers to windward areas, with a few brief light showers occasionally spreading leeward.

A disturbance will approach the islands this weekend, bringing the potential for more substantial rainfall, and possibly thunderstorms, that could affect both leeward and windward areas.

Moderate trade winds returning next week will keep showery weather in place, mainly over windward areas.

The strong winds will produce rough surf along east shores over the next couple of days.

A high surf advisory for those shores runs through Thursday night. A gradual decrease in surf heights is expected as trade winds ease. However, latest guidance indicates borderline advisory levels into the weekend.

The current south swell will decline through Friday. Several background south swells should keep small surf along south-facing shores through the weekend.

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