Emergency officials across the state are watching Ignacio closely as the storm is forecast to bring heavy rain and large, dangerous surf to the state. But the biggest impact to Hawaii may be heat and humidity.
If you thought it was hot Monday, be prepared for temperatures to feel even worse as Ignacio cuts off our trade winds. The storm is forecast to lift north of the state Wednesday through Friday, bringing an extended run of very humid conditions and spotty locally heavy showers.
Similar temperatures and humidity conditions will hold into Saturday as light southerly winds offer no relief. That means it will feel as hot as 101 and 102 degrees between noon and 3 p.m. through the rest of the week.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
HIGH SURF WARNING
A high surf warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for east-facing shores ofKauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii Island.
This expands the previous warning, which applied only to east-facing shores of Hawaii Island and Maui. The rest of the island chain was under a high surf advisory, largely shadowed from this swell during the past couple of days, but surf is expected to increase as Ignacio moves northwest.
Surf is expected to increase to 8 to 12 feet Monday night and rise to 10 to 15 feet Tuesday. The large surf will be reinforced on Wednesday by swell from distant Hurricane Jimena. Elevated surf will persist through at least the weekend.
Expect 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 challenging boat handling.
These dangerous conditions mean that only highly experienced persons should enter the water. Inexperienced persons should remain off beaches and adjacent beachfront areas. large breaking surf, significant shorebreak, and dangerous currents make entering the water very hazardous. Anyone entering the water could face significant injury or death.