High surf and hot weather continue in today’s forecast

The Maui News

The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for the south-facing shores of Maui County through 6 a.m. today.

A high-surf warning means that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline, resulting in dangerous swimming conditions and deadly rip currents.

A large south swell was predicted to continue through Sunday night, with surf staying above advisory levels through today. Surf along south-facing shores was expected to hit 10 to 15 feet through Sunday night and lower to 8 to 12 feet today.

Impacts include ocean water surging and sweeping across beaches, coastal benches and lava flows, creating the potential for impacts to coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways. Powerful longshore and rip currents will be present at most beaches. Large breaking waves and strong currents may impact harbor entrances and channels, causing challenges to boaters.

Only highly experienced people should enter the water, the National Weather Service said.

For updates, tune in to local radio and TV stations or NOAA weather radio. NOAA weather broadcasts can also be reached by calling (866) 944-5025 or by visiting weather.gov/hawaii. Prerecorded advisories and notifications are also available 24 hours a day on the county system by calling 986-1200.

Meanwhile, Kahului continued to set temperature records over the weekend, reaching 92 degrees Sunday that tied the record set on the same date in 1950. On Saturday, Kahului set a record of 93 degrees, breaking the old record of 91 set in 2017.