Forecast: Light winds to hold through next week

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A ridge of high pressure settling southward and over the islands will keep winds light through Saturday, with overnight land breezes and daytime sea breezes. Dry conditions will prevail with only a few light showers possible over locations near the coast at night and over the island interiors during the afternoon. Light to moderate trades will return Sunday through Monday, bringing a more typical, yet drier than normal trade wind pattern featuring windward and mauka showers. Trades are expected to become disrupted again Tuesday, with a land and sea breeze pattern returning. A new cold front may move into the islands Wednesday, bringing a better shot for rainfall, particularly across the western end of the state.

The current large northwest swells will gradually lower Friday and Saturday. A slightly smaller advisory level northwest swell is expected to arrive on Saturday then peak Saturday night with a lowering into Sunday.

A moderate size north swell from 360 degrees will fill in Saturday night and Sunday with surf heights possibly reaching low end advisory levels. This swell will lower into Monday night. Some east-facing shores with northerly exposure will experience wrap and an increase in surf from this northerly swell. The more northerly direction of this swell may also increase surf heights along the west-facing shores of Maui. Another fairly large, long period northwest swell is expected to fill in Sunday night and Monday. Surf heights may reach low end warning levels during the peak of this swell late Monday. This swell will slowly decline Tuesday and Wednesday.

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