Gusty trades to finally ease a bit, but more strong winds ahead

The windy conditions will continue overnight, but the gusty trades have decreased enough for the wind advisory to be canceled. Trade winds speed will increase again Friday into the weekend, and could become even stronger early next week. More trade wind showers are also expected Thursday into the weekend as another upper-level disturbance moves into the neighborhood.

In surf, the strong trade wind are still pushing in rough elevated surf for east shores, with the high surf advisory continuing through Wednesday. Those waves will decrease by Thursday with the trades ease up. Meanwhile, a long-period northwest swell is expected to begin arriving Wednesday afternoon and evening, peaking late Thursday into Friday. Surf could reach advisory levels. South shores will still have a bit of the trade wind swell wrap but will decline Wednesday with the easing trades.

For mariners, a gale warning has been extended until 6 a.m. Wednesday for waters around Maui County and the Big Island, while a small craft advisory remains posted until 6 p.m. Wednesday for remaining coastal waters.

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