Gusty Winds Topping 50 mph Possible Today
By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]
A High Surf Advisory is posted for east facing shores of Maui and Moloka’i through 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Surf is expected to reach 6 to 9 foot faces. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Wind Advisory is posted for leeward Maui, West Maui and the Central Valley as well as mauka Lana’i. Winds out of the northeast from 25 to 35 mph are expected with gusts up to 50 mph. The strongest winds will be over and around mauka areas. The National Weather Service advises that winds this strong can make walking and 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 p.m. Thursday. East winds up to 30 knots are forecasted along with rough seas of 9 to 13 feet. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
A Gale Warning is posted for the ʻAlenuihāhā channel through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for northeast winds up to 35 knots with higher gusts and rough seas up to 15 feet.
**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.**
Gusty trade winds from 15 to 30 mph are expected with gusts possibly topping 50 mph. Partly sunny skies are forecasted today with scattered showers. High temperatures from 81° to 86° near shore and lower high temperatures at higher elevations (see graphic above).
UV index at 11 (“extreme” exposure level)
Mostly cloudy in windward and mauka spots with showers likely overnight. Partly cloudy for leeward areas with isolated showers. Low temperatures from 69° to 74°. Trade winds from 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
We expect strong and gusty trade wind conditions to continue for the state through Wednesday. The trades are forecasted to ease Thursday to moderate levels and persist into the weekend. Showers will favor windward and mountain areas through the week with some showers blowing over to leeward locations.
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