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Marine Weather Message in Effect for the Coastal Waters

Marine section from the Area Forecast Discussion
issued at: Oct 22, 2018 9:26 PM HST

A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for the windier areas near Maui and the Big Island through Wednesday night. The pressure gradient over the islands should weaken Wednesday night as the weak trough passing south of the region weakens.

A High Surf Advisory for south facing shores remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon. South swell is expected to decline tonight and Tuesday, with marginal advisory level surf expected Tuesday. A new long-period south-southwest swell is expected to arrive Wednesday, which could bring surf near advisory levels again along south facing shores by Wednesday night. A reinforcing south swell arriving Friday will likely keep surf elevated along south facing shores as we head into next weekend.

Surf along remaining shores is expected to remain below advisory levels through the end of the work week. Rough surf along east facing shores will increase slightly during the next few days due to the locally strong trade winds. A moderate north-northwest swell arriving late tonight and Tuesday is expected to peak Tuesday night or Wednesday. This swell will slowly decline Wednesday night. A reinforcing north-northwest swell arriving Thursday will maintain moderate surf along most north and west facing shores through early Saturday. A new north-northwest swell arriving late Saturday will likely cause surf to build along most north and west facing shores from Saturday night through Sunday.

See the latest Collaborative Nearshore Swell and Wind Forecast for Oahu (SRDHFO) for additional details on surf and swells.

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