Maui Now : Maui Weather Forecast for January 20, 2023 (2023)

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West Side

Today: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 76 to 82. Light winds becoming west up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 64 to 72. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 76 to 83. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

South Side

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 83. Light winds becoming west up to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 62 to 71. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

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Saturday: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 84. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

North Shore

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 75 to 82 near the shore to around 67 near 5000 feet. East winds up to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 64 to 70 near the shore to 48 to 54 near 5000 feet. Southeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 75 to 81 near the shore to around 68 near 5000 feet. Southeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Central Maui

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 82. Light winds becoming west up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 62 to 67. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 82. Light winds becoming northeast up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Upcountry

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 62 at the visitor center to around 56 at the summit. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows around 49 at the visitor center to around 44 at the summit. Southeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 65 at the visitor center to around 60 at the summit. Light winds becoming east up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 75 to 82 near the shore to around 67 near 5000 feet. East winds up to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 64 to 70 near the shore to 48 to 54 near 5000 feet. Southeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 75 to 81 near the shore to around 68 near 5000 feet. Southeast winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Lanai City

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 71 to 77. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows around 64. South winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 72 to 78. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Kaunakakai

Today: Mostly sunny with isolated showers in the morning, then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 68 to 82. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows 57 to 71. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Saturday: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Haze. Highs 69 to 84. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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Synopsis

Showers will increase across western portions of the state today, but remaining limited over the rest of the islands. A cold front approaching from the northwest will maintain unsettled weather through the first half of the weekend, especially over the western portions of the state. The atmosphere will trend more stable on Sunday and Monday as trade winds return. Another front will approach the area from the northwest by the middle of next week.

Discussion

Radar this morning shows limited showers across the islands, with the most persistent showers lingering around Kauai and extending northeastward. The latest lightning data shows thunderstorms around 240 miles north through northeast of Kauai, in an area of modest instability (Showalter Index values around 0 to -2c). Otherwise radar and satellite show fairly limited showers and clouds across the rest of the smaller islands and Big Island.
This morning…the best chance for showers will remain across the western end of the state near Kauai. However, expect showers to remain limited in areal coverage across the rest of the islands, as the surface trough north of Kauai weakens and lifts northeast. Any thunderstorms are expected to remain well northeast of Kauai.
This afternoon through Saturday…A more robust cold front from the northwest will approach Kauai by Saturday afternoon. Current trends show this front stalling over the western end of the state Saturday night, before weakening and lifting northeast Sunday. Moisture lifting up across the region in advance of the front, will increase rainfall chances once again across Kauai this afternoon and expanding eastward to Oahu tonight. Some of the latest high- res model data shows showers increasing this afternoon across Kauai and later tonight/early Saturday across Oahu as the front nears. Have updated the near-term forecast to reflex an increase in shower chances over the western end of the state, as the latest satellite data shows an area of moisture beginning to pool south and southeast of the state already this morning. Model data shows some instability lingering across the state through Saturday evening, with Moisture Stability Index (MSI) between 1.5 and 2.5 (highest over the western islands), enough to generate some locally heavy rainfall with any showers that develop. Thunderstorm probabilities remain limited through the weekend. Shower chances will decrease across the entire island chain Saturday night, as the front weakens and exits northeast.
Sunday through next week…MSI values (less than 2) show a more stable pattern redeveloping over the state Sunday through Tuesday. A trade wind weather pattern becomes reestablished across the region Sunday into early next week, with trades focusing showers to mainly windward areas. Another cold front, with an assoicated band of moisture and increasing instability, and upper level trough will advance over the western end of the state by Wednesday. The front and band of showers will then potentially drift eastward across the remainder of the state through Thursday. MSI values increasing to between 2.5 and 3.5 suggest modest instability returning in advance of the approaching boundary. This pattern could reintroduce a chance for thunderstorms and potentially locally heavy rainfall once again next week.

Aviation

Early this morning, land breezes have diminished cloud cover over much of the islands, though some scattered clouds between 1,500 and 3,000 feet are observed across small portions of Oahu, Molokai, and Maui. An approaching front from the northwest will increase the pressure gradient across the state today, resulting in an uptick in southerly winds. Convergent southerly flow ahead of the front will lead to higher rainfall chances today and tonight near the western end of the state. The eastern islands will remain drier with VFR flight conditions prevailing.
AIRMET Tango has been issued for moderate upper level turbulence near Kauai early this morning as an upper jet approaches the area from the west. This AIRMET is likely to remain in effect through the next 24 hours and may need to be expanded to other islands by this evening. Additionally, AIRMET Sierra for tempo mountain obscuration may be needed later today or tonight for Kauai as the surface front approaches and increases low clouds and showers.

Marine

A front will approach the area today and dissipate over the northern offshore waters over the weekend, maintaining a slight chance of thunderstorms in the northern offshore waters into the weekend. Gentle to locally fresh east to southeast winds will veer slightly out of the south today and strengthen to moderate to locally strong ahead of the approaching front through Saturday. Gentle to moderate trades may return Sunday and gradually strengthen to moderate to locally strong through early next week as the front dissipates and a new high builds north of the islands. Winds and seas are forecast to remain below Small Craft Advisory (SCA) thresholds through at least Saturday.
A northwest swell will boost surf heights to advisory threshold across exposed north and west facing shores today and tonight. A High Surf Advisory remains in effect for exposed north and west facing shores through tonight. This swell will dip below advisory levels Saturday. A dangerous, extra large, long period northwest swell is expected to rapidly fill in Saturday night, peak Sunday, then slowly decline Monday through mid-week next week. Surf heights will be well above warning thresholds and may produce giant surf, over 40 feet during the peak of the swell along north facing exposures and near 30 feet or west facing exposures of the smaller islands. Rising seas due to this swell will likely meet SCA criteria Saturday night. In addition, the combination of rising surf and high tides from the new moon during the very early morning hours Saturday and Sunday will likely impact coastal properties and infrastructure, including roadways near the shorelines.
Background south swell energy is expected through Saturday. A new small long-period south swell could give south shore surf a minor boost Sunday through early next week. Surf along east facing shores will remain small due to the lack of trade winds over and upstream of the islands, but will gradually pick up Sunday into early next week as trades return and we may see another boost due to wrap from the extra large northwest swell.

HFO Watches/Warnings/Advisories

High Surf Advisory until 6 AM HST Saturday for Niihau, Kauai Leeward, Waianae Coast, Oahu North Shore, Maui Windward West, Kauai North, Molokai Windward, Molokai North, Molokai West, Maui Central Valley North, Windward Haleakala.

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FAQs

Is the weather good in Maui in January? ›

Weather To Expect In January

For those looking to escape harsh winter weather, there's no better place to vacation than Maui. Although rain showers are more common during January, temperatures rarely dip below the mid-60's, especially at the beach. High temperatures average in the low- to mid-80's.

How accurate is Maui weather forecast? ›

First off - with a very few exceptions, online weather forecasts for Maui are nearly worthless. The most commonly used site, weather.com, is notoriously unreliable when it comes to Maui weather - and they're not alone. The fact is most online weather sites get Maui weather all wrong on a routine basis.

How rainy is Maui in January? ›

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during January in Maui is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.4 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 1.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.7 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.

What is the rainiest month on Maui? ›

The wettest periods on Maui almost always occur in winter, when the tradewinds bring additional moisture to the islands. This period runs from mid-November through late March on average, and some of these systems can carry quite a bit of rain.

What should I pack for Maui in January? ›

What to Pack for Your Maui Winter Vacation
  • Shorts and the usual beachy dress code.
  • One or two pairs of pants. Even though there will be days where you can enjoy Maui in shorts, you'll want some warmer clothes for the nights and cooler days.
  • Waterproof bags. ...
  • Rain Gear. ...
  • Binoculars.

What is the coldest month in Maui? ›

January

What clothes should I bring to Maui? ›

When it comes to outdoor recreation on Maui, think comfortable and casual. Our island's warm weather calls for shorts, T-shirts, hats, and sunglasses. It's a good idea to bring pieces that are versatile so you can mix and match your outfits. (For example, a T-shirt can double as a beach cover-up).

Which side of Maui gets less rain January? ›

Where to Stay in January. Your best bet to avoid or minimize the amount of rain you get is to stay in West Maui (Ka'anapali area) or South Maui (Wailea). That's likely the reason most hotels and vacation rentals are concentrated in these two areas.

Which side of Maui has the best weather? ›

Leeward West

Similar to the South of Maui, most of the leeward side of West Maui is located on lower ground near the coast. This area is warmer, sunnier, and drier than the rest of the island.

Can I swim in Maui in January? ›

Even though January is one of Hawaii's cooler months, the ocean temperatures are still warm enough to allow you to swim comfortably. You can expect the ocean temperatures to reach around 72 to 76 degrees F, making the water just slightly cooler than the outside temperatures at the peak of the day.

Is January a good month to go to Hawaii? ›

You may run into a bit more rain or find special events that might be more appealing at certain times of the year. When it comes to Hawaii, January is one of the best months to plan a visit for many reasons. Traveling to the islands since the COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically changed.

Which Hawaiian island is best to visit in January? ›

The best Hawaiian island to visit in the winter is Maui. In the winter on Maui, you'll find little rain, relatively calm ocean conditions, and great whale watching.

Is January a good month for whale watching in Maui? ›

January. It is estimated that 12,000 whales migrate to Hawaii and by the winter season we are beginning to see more of these numbers arriving on Maui. January is a great time to visit Maui as the warm tropical beaches and whale watching make for a nice break from the mainland's snowy weather and busy holiday season.

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