Forecast: Stronger winds heading in for the weekend

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Trade winds will gradually increase over the next couple of days as high pressure builds northeast of the state. Showers will be focused over windward slopes, with a few heavy showers possible as an upper trough lingers across the islands. Trade winds will shift out of the east to east-southeast and become breezy and gusty over the weekend and into early next week.

Surf will remain below advisory levels along all shores through Friday although small, moderate period northwest swells are expected Thursday. Much larger, longer period northwest swells are currently being generated by a hurricane force Low off to the distant northwest. Faster, longer period front running swells are expected to arrive Friday and Friday night. Peak surf heights on Saturday may approach High Surf Warning levels along exposed north and west-facing shorelines with open ocean swell wave heights nearing 12 feet. This swell will diminish Sunday and Monday.

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