Dry weather and gusty winds increasing fire risk this weekend
Drier and more stable weather conditions are moving in over the islands along with increasing trade winds. The winds will be strong enough for a wind advisory to take effect Sunday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to strong downslope winds. The gusty trades are also bringing an elevated fire danger, with a red flag warning for leeward portions of the state on Sunday, which means that brush or wildfires that develop could spread rapidly and be difficult to control.
Trade winds will gradually decrease and showers will increase for windward and mauka areas by Monday and Tuesday, reducing the hazardous fire conditions. Winds will become light Wednesday through Friday, which will result in afternoon clouds and pop-up showers for leeward and interior areas of the islands.
At the beach, surf will remain on the higher side for south-facing shores, with some of that swell energy boosting waves for exposed west shorelines. Strong trades will push up rough surf for east shores later this weekend, while north shores will remain mostly flat. A small craft advisory is in effect for all coastal waters.
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