Wave heights may reach 9 to 14 feet on south side

A recent south swell caused surf to wash over Maalaea Harbor. The Maui News / KEHAULANI CERIZO photo

The Maui News

Southside surf will peak today and maintain advisory levels through Monday, according to a National Weather Service notice.

Wave heights along south-facing shores are forecast to reach 9 to 14 feet through tonight and stay above advisory levels through Monday afternoon, the weather service said. Heights will then lower Monday night and through midweek.

Forecast surf heights are estimates of the height of the face, or front, of waves.

Expect ocean water to be sweeping across beaches, crashing into shore break and creating strong longshore and rip currents.

The county’s Emergency Management Agency in a press release Saturday said beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed all advice given by ocean safety officials and exercise caution.

“Large breaking surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous,” the National Weather Service said. “Boaters should be aware of an increased number of surfers and bodyboarders utilizing the harbor channel to access surfing areas.”