A front currently stalled north of Kauai kept winds light earlier today with sea breezes and locally heavy showers popping up in the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies are expected tonight with lingering showers focusing over the mountain slopes. As of 8 pm, moderate showers are slowly dissipating over the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island. The front will dissipate tonight and Tuesday. High pressure will build from the north with trade winds increasing to moderate levels Tuesday through Thursday.
A progressive pattern this week will push weather features from west to east. The current high pressure will move into the east Pacific Wednesday as a cold front pushes across the dateline behind the high. The tail end of the front is expected to reach Kauai Friday evening bringing showers to the smaller islands Friday night. Strong trade winds will fill in behind the front bringing gusty winds and fast moving showers. Windward areas will be the main focus of rain, but the smaller islands will see showers blow over the mountains reaching leeward locations at times. The mid and upper atmosphere look to remain stable through the period so showers that do form will remain shallow.
Strong trade winds will diminish next week as the high pressure generating the winds moves into the east Pacific and another cold front crosses the dateline.