SSW Peaks Today, More Swells on Horizon
A High Surf Advisory is posted for south facing shores through 6 p.m. Friday for wave heights up to 6 to 8 foot faces. The swell is expected to build Thursday night and peak Friday. Expect strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for the Pailolo and ʻAlenuihāhā channels as well as Māʻalaea Bay through 6 a.m. Saturday. Northeast to east winds up to 25 knots are expected along with seas up to 10 feet.
**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Maui County projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**
North: Wave heights are expected waist/chest high today for spots catching the trade swell. Many spots will remain pretty flat.
West: Wave heights knee/waist/chest high are expected today as a new SSW builds. Spots shadowed by other islands will be smaller.
South: The south-southwest is expected to bring waist/chest high waves today. The best breaks could get up to shoulder high on the sets.
A new SSW swell will continue to build and peak on Friday. Advisory level surf is expected for south shores. Another long period SSW swell is expected Saturday, and is forecast to peak Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.
Trade winds will continue to generate short-period choppy surf at moderate levels along east facing shores through the rest of this week and the weekend. Other than that, there is nothing of note out of the NPAC.
Keep in mind, surf heights are measured on the face of the wave from trough to crest. Heights vary from beach to beach, and at the same beach, from break to break.