Front Expected This Weekend
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A Wind Advisory is posted from noon Friday to 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Southwest winds from 15 to 30 mph are expected with gusts over 50 mph. Winds mainly affecting northeast terrain of Maui, Moloka’i and Lāna’i. The National Weather Service advises that winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult. Use extra caution when driving and be careful when opening and closing doors. If camping in the area, be sure your tent is well anchored.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County waters through 6:00 a.m. Friday for rough seas up to 12 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A Gale Warning is posted for all off shore waters.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County high/low forecasted temperatures, projected winds, projected localized weather conditions and expected wave heights.**
We expect partly cloudy skies with scattered passing showers. Winds are forecasted to increase significantly as a front approaches from the northwest. Early in the day, southwest winds from 10 to 15 mph are expected. As the front gets closer, winds will build to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph. High temperatures are forecasted to fall in the range of 79° to 84°.
UV index at 8 (“very high” exposure level)
Partly cloudy skies are forecasted tonight with passing scattered showers. Southwest winds will be gusty from 15 to 30 mph with 50 mph gusts possible. Low temperatures from 73° to 78° degrees expected.
Next New Moon: 1:47 p.m. on Feb. 18
Next Full Moon: 8:06 a.m. on Mar. 5
Southwest winds might usher in a few showers on Friday as a front approaches from the northwest. The southwest winds are expected to become stronger with locally windy and gusty conditions possible overnight Friday through Saturday, especially over northeast areas of higher terrain where downsloping winds are more likely to develop. The front will also bring overcast skies and increasing showers across the island chain during the weekend. Frontal passage for Maui County is expected late Saturday. I’ll watch the situation and let you know if any prefrontal bands of clouds and showers develop ahead of the front. Dry northerly winds are forecasted to build behind the front and will gradually shift out of the northeast then south early next week.
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