Rainy conditions on tap for a few days

Children huddled under beach towels and anything convenient in an effort to escape the biting winds that accompanied a rain squall yesterday on Kaua‘i.

At the North Vidinha soccer fields where the Kaua‘i Soccer Association was hosting its divisional championships, Team Onipa‘a huddled under a solitary beach umbrella whose fringes were being whipped by the gusty winds that accompanied the showers.

The squalls delayed the start of the 6th Annual Ride with Pride benefit for the Kaua‘i Special Olympics earlier in the morning.

The rain, which started late Saturday afternoon and continued through the night, was caused by a weather front passing through the island chain, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS forecast yesterday morning calls for the northeast trades to spread across much of the state with remnant moisture lingering this week.

Although Maui County was experiencing the most significant weather associated with the front yesterday morning, the rains over Kaua‘i were from the west of the front and were affecting the windward and mountain areas of the island, according to the NWS.

Meteorologists said the departure of the short wave will not be strong enough to take the moisture away and predicts a damp period for the latter half of this week.

Breezy trade winds and high seas may produce choppy surf along the east-facing shores of most islands to near the eight-foot advisory level which is expected to ease today.

Those conditions have resulted in small craft advisories which are expected to be terminated by Tuesday as conditions improve.

For a complete weather forecast, see A2.

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