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New Swells Expected This Weekend

December 31, 2016, 1:18 AM HST
* Updated December 30, 10:39 PM
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Alerts (as of 1:00 a.m.)

Small Craft Advisory: Windward coastal waters and channels due to northeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Posted through Saturday at 7 p.m.

Check our breaking news section for any urgent weather alerts or updates to the weather alerts listed above.

**Click directly on the images below to make them larger. Charts include: Big Island projected winds, tides, swell direction & period and expected wave heights.**

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Big Island Surf Forecast

Hilo side: Wave heights are forecast to be shoulder/head high today for the best breaks.

Kona side: Wave heights are expected to be ankle/waist high today. Wrap from the north-northwest could get up to tummy/chest high.

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South: Wave heights are expected to be down to leftovers today and below waist high. Wrap from the north-northwest could get up to tummy/chest high for the best exposures.

Small south-southwest fading bringing just ankle/waist high waves. Nothing significant is expected out of the SPAC in the near future although a small south swell is forecast for the 31st and 1st with a fun bump on the horizon for the 3rd and 4th and slowly fading through the rest of the work week.

A north reinforcement is expected Sunday afternoon and will fade out through the early part of the week. A west-northwest is forecast to filter in Tuesday with another new northwest on its heels for Wednesday.

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.  

**Click here for your detailed Big Island weather report.**

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