Front Expected Today
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the north and west facing shores of Moloka’i and the north shore of Maui through 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Maui County windward waters, the Kaiwi Channel and the ʻAlenuihāhā Channel through 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
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Conditions are expected to deteriorate as a front approaches. Hazy skies to start the day with scattered showers and clouds expected to build as the front moves in. Winds are expected to veer and become northwest from 15 to 20 mph with higher gusts. High temperatures are forecasted to fall in the range of 77° to 82°.
UV index at 4 (“moderate” exposure level)
Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecasted with scattered showers and northeast winds around 15 mph. Low temperatures from 67° to 72° degrees expected.
Next New Moon: 1:47 p.m. on Feb. 18
Next Full Moon: 8:06 a.m. on Mar. 5
Southwesterly winds will shift westerly as a cold front moves across Maui County. The front is expected to reach Maui County Friday afternoon and evening bringing scattered showers and cloud cover. Models are indicating the winds will not be as intense as they were with our Valentine’s day front. However, conditions will get breezy. The front is expected to begin falling apart when it reaches Maui County so while localized heavy downpours are possible, we don’t expect any major flooding events at this time. Lingering moisture is expected to bring periods of passing showers through the weekend. A short period of trade winds is expected over the weekend before another front makes it’s approach early next week.
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