Muggy, Hazy Conditions for Maui County Today
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory is posted for the south and east facing shores of Maui and Moloka’i through 6:00 p.m. Thursday and the south shore of Lāna’i. Surf of 6 to 8 feet is expected. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
Small Craft Advisory is posted for all Maui County channels, Māʻalaea Bay and windward waters through 6 p.m. Friday. Southeast winds up to 30 knots and rough seas up to 13 feet are forecasted. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
**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.**
Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast for windward and mauka areas where showers are likely. Partly cloudy skies are expected for leeward spots across Maui County with scattered showers. Hazy skies are forecasted (see UHSOEST vog model above). East to southeast winds from 10 to 20 mph are expected with local afternoon sea breezes developing for some areas. High temperatures from 81° to 87° near shore and lower high temperatures at higher elevations (see graphic above).
UV index at 11 (“very extreme” exposure level)
Windward and southeastern slopes are expected to be mostly cloudy with showers likely. Partly cloudy for leeward spots with showers passing lee from time to time. East/southeast winds are expected from 10 to 20 mph with local land breezes developing in some spots. Low temperatures from 70° to 75°.
Light to locally breezy southeast winds are forecasted over Maui County through Friday, with winds weakening statewide and shifting to the south ahead of a front this weekend. The southeast winds will spread volcanic haze to the other smaller islands the next couple of days. The southeast winds will bring periods of clouds and showers, mainly to windward and southeast slopes, but will also allow a few showers to affect leeward and interior areas. The weakening front is expected to move over the islands this weekend and early next week, accompanied by more widespread clouds and showers.
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