Waves to lower slightly, but high surf warning continues into Tuesday

Surf is forecast to reach warning levels for north and west shores of Kauai and Oahu, with advisory level surf elsewhere.
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 5:41 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2022 at 5:15 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A high surf warning has been extended until 6 p.m. Tuesday as another large northwest swell is expected to arrive Monday night.

The National Weather Service in Honolulu said the high surf warning covers the north and west shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, and the north shores of Maui.

The warning has been downgraded to a high surf advisory for the west shores of Hawaii island, where waves of 6 to 8 feet will be possible Monday.

Surf is expected to lower to 18 to 22 feet for north facing shores Monday, but will rise again Monday night and peak Tuesday.

West shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai will have waves declining slightly to lowering by Monday morning to 10 to 14 feet.

Ocean water may occasionally sweep across normally-dry beach areas. There will also be strong breaking waves along the shore, along with strong longshore and rip currents that will make it dangerous to enter the water.

The swells may also cause breaking waves for north-facing harbors, making it difficult and dangerous to navigate harbor channels.

All beachgoers should exercise caution and heed all advice and warnings from ocean safety lifeguards.

Another large swell is expected Wednesday night, peaking on Thursday, but there is some uncertainty on how large the waves will be from this swell.

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