Forecast: Breezy winds to hold through the weekend

Winds will pick up this weekend
Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 4:27 AM HST|Updated: Nov. 5, 2021 at 5:28 PM HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fresh to locally strong trade winds will continue through early next week. Overall, it will be a nice weekend with the trade winds and typical passing showers.

A band of clouds and showers mainly north of the state will support wet conditions over windward Kauai through early Saturday while a gradual drying trend can be expected elsewhere through the weekend.

Trades will begin to weaken and veer east-southeasterly during the first half of next week as ridging runs its course and a fresh round of height falls over the north Pacific gets underway.

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A strong trade pattern will continue into early Saturday, with some weakening in the trade winds then into early next week. Expect the typical trade wind clouds and showers to be focused over windward and mauka areas throughout. With the stronger winds, some of the showers could make it to interior and leeward areas.

Trade winds will be on the increase over the next 24 hours or so with strengthening high pressure to the north of the islands. A weak trough passing over the southern islands is helping to tighten the pressure gradient over the islands. As the trough moves to the west, we’ll see the pressure gradient weaken a bit.

A moderate north to northeast swell will subside Friday. The first of several small to moderate reinforcing northwest swells will fill in Saturday, keeping small to moderate surf along north- and west-facing shores through early next week.

Expect small to moderate east facing shores surf as the current north to northeast swell fades and a building trade wind swell fills in Saturday and holds through the weekend.

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