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Hawaiian Islands Experiencing Record High Temperatures


HONOLULU — Hawaii has experienced record high temperatures since the start of June, officials said.

Temperatures were above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) seven times between June 4 and 9, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

The temperatures have either tied or surpassed previous records in Honolulu on Oahu and Kahului on Maui, officials said.

The temperatures are likely caused by higher than normal water temperatures combined with lighter trade winds, said National Weather Service forecaster Peter Donaldson.

Honolulu reached 90 degrees (32 Celsius) on Saturday, tying a 1997 record, and 92 degrees (33 Celsius) on Monday, officials said.

There has been a streak of high temperatures in Kahului, which on May 22 reached 96 degrees (36 Celsius), a record for that month, officials said.

The weather in June is typical so far, although slightly warmer than usual, Donaldson said.

Hawaii's high temperatures through Thursday are expected to reach 90 degrees, officials said.

Trade winds "will be relatively light the rest of the week, a little bit lighter than usual," Donaldson said.

An area of tropical moisture is expected to move over the islands from the southwest during the weekend, meaning an increase in humidity, Donaldson said.

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