Windy conditions prompt advisories

KAILUA-KONA — A wind advisory remains posted for areas of Hawaii Island through Tuesday afternoon.

A series of high-pressure systems moving through the Central Pacific this week will fuel breezy to strong trade winds across the islands through Friday, forecasters with the Honolulu-based National Weather Service said Monday. The windy conditions will also be joined by showers, mainly over windward areas though brief periods of leeward rainfall are forecast.

The wind advisory will remain in effect until at least 6 p.m. Tuesday for southern, northern and eastern, as well as interior, areas of the Big Island. East winds of 20 to 40 mph with localized gusts reaching 50 mph are forecast.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph, or gusts of at least 50 mph, are expected. Motorists should use extra caution, especially in high-profile vehicles, forecasters cautioned.

A gale warning is also in effect for the Alenuihaha Channel through 6 p.m. Tuesday with east winds forecast between 34 and 40 mph. A small craft advisory remains in effect for the rest of the coastal waters through Tuesday night.