Update: Surf advisory on Big Island is canceled
Updated Thursday at 7:16 a.m.: The surf advisory is canceled.
Updated Wednesday at 4:42 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Honolulu canceled the high surf warning and extended a high surf advisory till 6 a.m. Thursday.
The large northwest to north-northwest swell has gradually lowered today with surf now below high surf warning thresholds. Advisory level surf is expected to hold through tonight for most north- and west-facing shores of the smaller islands as well as west-facing shores of the Big Island.
Surf of 18 to 24 feet along north-facing shores and 12 to 16 feet along west-facing shores.
Advisory level surf may linger into Thursday for exposed shorelines of the smaller islands, but should drop below advisory thresholds by the evening statewide.
Oceangoers should expect strong-breaking waves and strong currents, which will make swimming dangerous.
Original post: The National Weather Service issued a surf advisory for west-facing of Hawai‘i Island starting today at 6 a.m.
The advisory extends from Upolu Point in North Kohala to South Point in Ka’ū.
The first large northwest swell of the season will rapidly build today, and peak tonight through Wednesday till 6 p.m. along north- and west-facing shores. Surf will build from 6 to 8 feet.
Oceangoers should expect strong-breaking waves and currents, which will make it dangerous to swim.